NJ Advance Media Eagles writer Elliott Shorr-Parks listed Manning No. 33 out of 34 in a power ranking of quarterbacks teams could build around. No. 1 on the list? The Eagles’ Carson Wentz.
Of Manning, Shorr-Parks said:
Manning might have two Super Bowl wins on his resume, but it seems pretty clear at this point that his best days are behind him. The Giants made a big mistake passing on the chance to take a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Of Wentz, Shorr-Parks wrote:
There is no denying that the ACL injury Wentz suffered last season is a wildcard, but Wentz has looked like the same player he was prior to the injury during offseason workouts.
When he is healthy, however, he is not only the best young quarterback in the NFL, but is one of the best in the game at his position regardless of age. That much was made clear by his peers voting him as the third-best player in the NFL, regardless of position.
If Wentz didn’t get injured last season, he would played in (and won) a Super Bowl in just his second season.
There is no better young quarterback to build around than Wentz.
I will give Shorr-Parks Wentz. He might even be correct there, although I think I want to see Wentz on the field before I’d make him No. 1. Still, that’s the expected QB for an Eagles writer to put in the top spot.
But, Manning at 33? With only Sam Bradford below him?
I know he’s 37 and last year was awful. In the end, we know that we might find that the Giants did make a mistake in passing on Sam Darnold. Still, I would easily build around Manning for the next 2-3 years before several of the guys on the list. That would include Andy Dalton (32), Ryan Tannehill (31), Ben Roethlisberger (26) ,Jameis Winston (25), Joe Flacco (24), Nick Foles (23), Philip Rivers (17)and maybe even Andrew Luck (16), considering we have no idea what he will be able to do with his surgically-repaired shoulder. Perhaps a couple of other QBs on the l
I’m not arguing that Manning should be in the top 10. At 37? No. But, 33 of 34? That’s little more than a cheap shot, not work that should be taken seriously.