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Manning ranks low in passing metrics

Eli Manning's passing metrics improved in 2005, but they still weren't very good, writes KC Joyner.

Updated: May 24, 2007, 11:24 AM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Editor's note: This is an expanded version of a passage that appears in Scientific Football 2006.

I have to admit that I have a bit of a stubborn streak when it comes to Giants quarterback Eli Manning. I keep reading and hearing about how he is the next star quarterback in the NFL, but I still don't see it.

Don't get me wrong: Manning's 2005 metrics were much-improved over his 2004 numbers, but they still were not that good. I rank quarterbacks in eight major metrics, and Manning ranked quite poorly in most of these:

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