Has Eli Manning grown up and developed a little backbone? Some comments attributed to him indicate that maybe the Giants quarterback has done just that.
Manning told the Daily News that he is ready to accept the mantel of leadership.
Manning also said he believed he had earned the respect needed to lead.
Manning, of course, won't have Tiki Barber to hand the ball to this season. He took what might be considered a shot at Barber, and sent a message to his teammates at the same time that he doesn't want to hear any excuses about missing Tiki.
Good for Eli. Maybe it's a sign that the soft-spoken 'other' Manning is ready to turn the Giants into his team.
Giants fans can only hope that turns out to be the case.