Brinson: Eli Manning Certainly Under Pressure

After surrounding the two-time Super Bowl champion with weapons all over the field, the Giants hope Manning has one last playoff run in him, Will Brinson says

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July 16, 2018 - 4:37 pm
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Anticipation continues to build with the NFL preseason less than one month away. While the offseason countdown slowly ticks away, pressure is mounting for numerous players throughout the league to perform well this season.

CBS Sports Senior NFL Writer Will Brinson spoke with Bill Reiter about this very topic, saying that Eli Manning enters the season under a great deal of scrutiny – and pressure.

“He’s certainly under some pressure,” Brinson said on Reiter Than You. “The Giants went all-in on Eli by drafting Saquon Barkley, they added Nate Solder, they draft Will Hernandez — they’re piling up weapons and saying, 'Hey, Eli — let’s make one more run here in 2018.’ If he doesn't perform well, then it’s going to be a problem for the Giants – and it’s going to be a problem for Eli.”

Cam Newton is also under pressure to perform. After losing to the Saints in the NFC Wild Card last season, expectations are escalating among Panthers fans. Newton will be a key piece for a team that hopes to win an NFC South that Brinson views as possibly the toughest division in football.

“I think Cam Newton is a sneaky guy for that title as well because of the new system with Norv Turner and the expectations that they’ll have in Carolina in what has become maybe the toughest division in football,” Brinson said. 

Last but definitely not least, Brinson thinks that a lot of eyes will be focused on Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. Ever since the Ravens selected former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in the NFL Draft, speculation has been stirring over how the former Super Bowl MVP would respond to the sudden competition. However, Brinson believes Flacco could easily have one of his best regular seasons in years.

“He’s the answer I should have given in the first place,” Brinson said, referring to the question about which starting quarterback is under the most pressure. “He’s got Lamar Jackson breathing down his neck. We’ve seen Joe Flacco in pressure situations, and he responds really well, so it wouldn't be stunning to see him go out and have a pretty good regular season.”