Archie Manning says Eli still has plenty of faith in Victor Cruz

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After Giants receiver Victor Cruz dropped a trio of passes last Wednesday night against the Cowboys, quarterback Eli Manning didn’t yell at Cruz or scream at Cruz or bump Cruz when walking by him.

Of course, that’s simply not Eli’s way.  (And he now has two pieces of jewelry that validate the approach.)

Although Eli won’t be demonstrative even if he’s upset, Cruz doesn’t have to worry about Eli.  Because Eli loves the guy.

Archie Manning addressed the relationship between Eli and Cruz during a Thursday visit to PFT Live.  And Archie made a great point regarding Cruz’s slow start to the 2012 season.  Last year, in a season-opening loss to the Redskins, Cruz dropped a key third-down pass.

But since Victor Cruz wasn’t Victor Cruz at the time, it was regarded as no big deal.

Eli will regard it as no big deal in 2012, either.  No matter how many other people do.

Here’s the full segment with Archie.  (He also talks about Peyton, too.  A little.  OK, a lot.)

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14 responses to “Archie Manning says Eli still has plenty of faith in Victor Cruz

  1. I have a lot of faith that Archie can’t shut the f up when it comes to Eli and Peyton on the football field. They’re grown men for god’s sake. Can’t they speak for themselves? Is Eli not able to tell us himself that he’s got no problem with Victor Cruz? Rex Ryan can’t keep his mouth shut either but at least he’s part of the team. Archie, SHUT UP!

  2. No, he’s not going to yell at Cruz, mainly because Cruz will likely perform pretty well for the rest of the season. But he might end up yelling at his O line, a la Cutler. The Giants and Bears are trying to compete for the worst O line in the NFL and it’s a pretty even contest.

  3. Archie Manning is like the weird guy who graduated from high school three years ago but still hangs around.

    Except Archie was done playing football around 30 years ago, go away old man.

  4. One thing about Eli is that he always is loyal to his receivers. If a guy drops a pass, Eli never hesitates look for him again, often as early as the next play.

  5. What a great QB Eli would be, if after ONE BAD GAME he lost all confidence in his best WR a year ago. I can’t stand the need for an overreaction to everything, good or bad…

  6. To those who are complaining about Archie’s public statements:

    He is a former All-Pro NFL QB with two sons among the current elite QBs. Because of this, people seek him out for interviews, and he is willing to answer their questions. It’s not like he called a press conference. He’s under no obligation to go into hiding because you don’t want to hear from him.

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