Giants fans have certainly voiced their frustrations with Eli Manning's play so far this season, but are the players also ticked off by what they have seen through the first six games?
Some reports have surfaced claiming certain players have been disgruntled by Manning, but WR Sterling Shepard said he hasn't heard a peep on the matter.
In fact, the entire locker room is still on Manning's side.
"I haven't heard that once in this locker room, I haven't heard that from any individual players, so that's just outside noise and stuff trying to break us apart," Shepard said after practice Tuesday. "We're doing a good job of keeping everything together in here. As far as in the locker room, we have total faith in him, we picked him as our starting quarterback at the beginning of the season and we're going to ride with that."
It's hard for Shepard and the rest of the team to stay positive in a 1-5 start to the season, but the locker room bond he discusses is one that is different than last year. And having that bond is what Shepard says keeps up the hard work and determination to turn things around.
"Just having a close bond with everybody," he said when asked how the Giants can change their losing narrative. "I think we did a good job of building that over the offseason and I think we did so. Guys are still in it, we know we still have a chance and as long as we still have chance, guys are going to keep fighting. That's the way this team is built, so we've got to turn things around quickly."
It seems redundant, but the Giants will once again face a tough opponent in their next matchup against the Falcons on Monday Night Football in Week 7. They are averaging 27.8 points per game -- good for ninth in the league -- and though they have key receivers in Calvin Ridley and Mohammed Sanu banged up, their offense is still lethal.
On their home turf, the Falcons are sure to come out firing, which translates to Manning and the Giants having to one-up Matt Ryan's offense. Shepard is confident the Giants can make that happen on the road.
"No, I know what this offense is capable of," Shepard said when asked if the offense can keep up with Atlanta. "It's just us going out and executing the game plan. If we can do that, I have no doubt in my mind that we can put up 30 and keep up with the Falcons offense."