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Ex-Giants exec takes a shot at Eli Manning, criticizes team for not taking Darnold

Jesse Reed
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The New York Giants have failed to find a successor to Eli Manning in recent years, and based on the view of a former team executive that trend will continue in 2019.

Former Giants vice president of player personnel Marc Ross appeared on NFL Network Tuesday and said he thinks the Giants “might’ve missed their opportunity last year with Sam Darnold at No. 2,” (via Evan Silva on Twitter), noting he thinks the team will take a pass rusher at No. 6 overall and “bank it all in” on Manning for the 2019 season.

For what it’s worth, the idea that the Giants whiffed in the draft last year is one this writer shared after Round 1, and still holds to be true.

Ross also took a veiled shot at both the Giants and Manning, saying he is “below average, let’s just say.”

The Giants recently made it clear that Manning will be back next season, though general manager Dave Gettleman wouldn’t commit to Manning starting. He’s due to count $23.2 million against the cap in 2019, however, meaning it seems like he’ll be starting unless the team selects a quarterback at the top of the draft and Manning struggles early in the season.