Eli Manning is gunning for his second Super Bowl title on Sunday. According to his former teammate Amani Toomer, Manning might not have won his first title if Jeremy Shockey was healthy in the 2007 season.
Appearing on NBC SportsTalk Wednesday with Florio, Toomer said Shockey “tried to take advantage” of Eli by pressuring him for the ball. Toomer said there was “no question” Eli improved his play after he didn’t have the distraction of Shockey in the huddle.
Shockey didn’t exactly have the greatest reputation as a reliable player in New Orleans either. Perhaps the Panthers should consider that before possibly bringing him back for another season with Cam Newton in Carolina.