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Manning completed 18-of-33 passes for 163 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions in Monday's 35-14 loss to the Lions.

Following a poor 2013 and a terrible preseason, Manning didn't look any better in his first action of the 2014 season. Though sacked just twice, he took more than his fair share of hits, with the Lions registering nine on the night. Neither accurate nor poised, Manning also didn't get much help from his teammates. Hopes for an improved offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo are quickly fading, and the Giants will face what looks to be a solid Arizona defense next week.

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Manning completed 1-of-4 passes for zero yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots.

A fitting end to Manning's miserable preseason, as he was one of the few starting quarterbacks to play Thursday night, and wasn't able to do anything against the New England backups. The Giants have been somewhat successful running the ball this preseason, but the first-team offense has done next to nothing through the air. Coming off a miserable 2013, Manning hasn't exactly inspired confidence, though he could get a boost once first-round rookie WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) is healthy. Having missed the entire preseason, Beckham appears questionable for Week 1 at Detroit.

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Manning completed 12-of-21 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Jets.

Though the Giants finally got something going through the air, Manning struggled for a third straight game. He easily could have turned the ball over two or three times, but the G-Men recovered both of his fumbles, and he was fortunate to avoid an interception. While the preseason sample size is small, Manning has done nothing to quiet the whispers that last season was about more than a balky ankle and poor offensive line.

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Manning (ankle) lost a fumble and completed 6-of-7 passes for 43 yards in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Bills.

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The Giants want Eli Manning to complete 70 percent of his passes this season.

It's a barrier that's been breached only seven times in league history, most recently by Alex Smith in 2012 (who was benched). It's not even a vaguely realistic goal for a career 58.5 percent passer (an abysmal 57.5 in 2013), but shows just how serious the G-Men are about remaking their passing attack. Gone are long-developing downfield shots, and in are high-percentage quick passes.

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The Giants' offense "wants to go fast" this season.

Receiver Jerrel Jernigan says the G-Men are "pushing for 70 or more plays per game." That's a number only two teams, the Broncos and Patriots, reached last season. The Giants averaged just 61.75, good for sixth-to-last in the league. "I'm still waiting for them to call up a huddle in practice," DE Mathias Kiwanuka said Thursday. "The intention of this offense is to cause chaos." The more plays, the better for Eli Manning and his intriguing receiver corps in fantasy.

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports there's "so much emphasis" on getting Eli Manning to get rid of the ball earlier this season.

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Eli Manning had the highest average pass distance among NFL quarterbacks in 2013, at 9.49 yards from the line of scrimmage.

Combine ex-OC Kevin Gilbride's vertical scheme with the Giants' injury-ravaged, swinging-gate offensive line, and the result was Eli's career-worst season, with career highs in picks (27) and sacks taken (39). New OC Ben McAdoo is installing a shortened, quicker-hitting attack in an effort to rejuvenate Eli. The Giants likely hope Manning can have a Riversian bounce-back year.

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Co-owner John Mara told the New York Post the Giants have had no contract extension talks with Eli Manning.

Manning, 33, is currently signed through 2015 at base salaries of $15.15 million this year, and $17 million next year. ESPN's Dan Graziano reported in April that the Giants are concerned Eli has entered his decline phase after leading the NFL in interceptions (27) last season. "We haven't even really discussed that yet," Mara said of a new deal. "We'll discuss that at the appropriate time. Obviously it's our hope that he finish his career as a Giant."

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Eli Manning said he's "reenergized" in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense.

Manning regressed in ex-Giants OC Kevin Gilbride's offense last year, leaving members of the front office concerned over whether he's in his decline stage. The Giants will be more of a quick-hitting passing attack under McAdoo, which should play to his strengths. An improved offensive line and the presence of rookie Odell Beckham also give Manning a better supporting cast. Manning is signed through 2015, but will be in line for an extension next offseason if he bounces back.