Tiki Barber has been an Eli Manning critic in the past, but he was singing a different tune on Thursday night.
Heading into CC Sabathia's second annual Celebrity Softball Game, Barber gave his thoughts on the Giants' offseason, including the selection of Daniel Jones and the trade of Odell Beckham Jr.
On Jones, the former Giants running back said that the way the quarterback handles himself will suit him well at the next level.
"The questions around Daniel Jones I think are unfounded and a little bit harsh, especially considering how much he reminds me of Eli Manning," Barber said. "So I'm excited for the future, it's just going to take some time.
"It's interesting, if you would have asked me 14 years what it takes to be a successful quarterback in the NFL, I wouldn't have said it's Eli's demeanor, but it's Eli's demeanor that it takes to be successful, and Daniel Jones is kind of a clone of that in a lot of ways."
The Giants drew plenty of criticism for selecting Jones with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft, but Barber doesn't include himself in that crowd.
"If you love somebody, you take them where you can get them," Barber said. "Whether or not Dave Gettleman knew or whether or not somebody was going to take him before 17 is irrelevant. They love Daniel Jones, and if you've ever met him or had any conversations with him like I have, you see why."
As for the Beckham trade, Barber takes a big-picture approach when analyzing the unpopular move.
"I think (Beckham Jr.) wanted to go, and Dave Gettleman and the New York Giants acquiesced," Barber said. "He's in a better place. I think it may actually be okay for the Giants that he's not here."
"I like Dave Gettleman," Barber said. "I know he has a process in mind. It takes time to rebuild. I don't think this is a full rebuild."