Manning gaining teammates' trust

Updated: July 11, 2005, 4:27 PM ET
By Steve Muench | Scouts, Inc.
Eli Manning has yet to throw a touchdown-pass. Kurt Warner has a better completion percentage in the first two preseason games. Rookie quarterbacks almost always struggle. Giants coach Tom Coughlin is well aware of these facts and has yet to name the starter for this weekend's third preseason game, but it's looking more and more like Manning will be under center against the Eagles on opening day.

Kurt Warner
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Eli Manning
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Manning has the advantage for three reasons. While neither quarterback is mobile, Warner also appears hesitant at times and takes big hits as a result. Manning is getting more comfortable with the offense every day and is getting rid of the ball quickly. The quarterback's ability to find the open man quickly will be critical to New York's success, because the offensive line will have some problems holding up in pass protection.

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Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.

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