All offseason, the Giants have stressed the fact that veteran QB Eli Manning still has good football left in him. That was evident when the team decided to take RB Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick back in April.
Giants co-owner John Mara is also confident in Manning this season, as he hopes his team can put their 3-13 diaster-of-a-season in the past.
"We can win with him," Mara told the Daily News' Eric Barrow at a town hall event in the city on Tuesday. "Objectively, Dave (Gettleman) and Pat (Shurmur) both said he can still play."
Of course, last season was particularly rough for Manning. Injuries kept his receivers out with his top target, Odell Beckham Jr., being one of them. And his consecutive start streak was snapped after former head coach Ben McAdoo decided to bench him for Geno Smith against the Raiders in Week 13.
Giants fans are still not over that. Talking about Manning, Mara said "he's not missed a game due to injury," and fans immediately began to boo.
But Manning is back under center, and he also spoke at the event to give his take on the new offense he will anchor this season. He noted that he is getting back to throwing the deep ball -- an area of his game that lacked in the past couple seasons.
"I've been throwing the ball down the field a lot more," he said. "Every quarterback loves that."
The Giants also gave Manning more protection this offseason, with LT Nate Solder and G Patrick Omameh added in free agency as well as second-rounder G Will Hernandez entering the offensive line corps.
Hernandez, in particular, was critiqued as a 'bar-room brawler" by Gettleman, and Manning can certainly attest to that.
"Will Hernandez has already been in five fights," he said. "I love it."
Despite all the despair of last season, Manning didn't have an awful year. He finished with 3,468 yards, 19 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 61.6 completion percentage over his 15 starts. It was the first season since 2014, though, where he didn't eclipse 4,000 yards.
Mara and the rest of the Giants are hoping their win-now strategy on paper, led by the 37-year-old Manning, will result in wins this season.