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Eli Manning yet to find groove on deep-ball throwing

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Eli Manning has appeared far more comfortable in Ben McAdoo's new offense in the past two weeks.

The New York Giants quarterback has completed 70 percent of his passes overall -- his QB coach's magic number -- against the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans. That's the good news. One aspect of Manning's game that hasn't clicked, however, is the deep game.

According to the NFL Media research team, Manning is 0-for-7 with an interception on passes beyond 20 yards this season. That's a continuance of a trend that started last year, when Manning completed just 28.6 percent of his downfield throws and posted a passer rating of 62.9.

From 2009 to 2012, Manning was one of the most dangerous downfield passers in the league. He completed 36.3 percent of his passes during that four-year span and posted passer ratings of 92.2, 94.7, 94.1, and a career-best 116 in 2011.

Manning's big-play ability used to be the best part of his game. Now McAdoo is operating an offense that's built for more quick strikes. When they have opened it up, it hasn't worked.

The silver lining in all this is Odell Beckham Jr., the first-round pick who has been sidelined since August with a hamstring injury. Beckham returned to practice this week and could give the Giants' vertical attack the shot in the arm it needs. He needs to get in the mix first.

Eli's success on passes traveling 21-plus yards in air
Year
Rank
Comp.
Att.
Pct.
Yards
YPA
TDs
INTs
Passer rating
2009
16
22
57
38.6
727
12.75
6
4
92.2
2010
21
22
66
33.3
800
12.12
9
4
94.7
2011
19
35
96
36.5
1,316
13.71
9
5
94.1
2012
9
23
62
37.1
893
14.4
7
1
116
2013
41
16
56
28.6
613
10.95
5
6
62.9
2014
T-40
0
7
0
0
0
0
1
0







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