As the quarterback of the New York Giants for 16 seasons, Eli Manning has had his share of encounters with receivers and teammates. Most of them were positive because of Eli’s easy going demeanor.
In an interview with Eli’s eldest brother Cooper, Brandon Marshall, who played just five games for the Giants in 2017, recalled and instance where Eli threw one of his many head-scratching passes, this one in the direction of Odell Beckham, Jr.
Marshall said he went to tease Eli about the pass, and didn’t get the response he expected.
“Eli is on the side and he just threw a terrible ball. Odell is [expletive] and then, so I walk up to Eli — and this is something I did with Jay Cutler and something I did with Ryan Fitzpatrick — and it always worked,” Marshall said. “So I go up to Eli and Eli has his face in the iPad looking at the play and I’m like, ‘Eli! That was a terrible pass.’
“I said, ‘that was a terrible pass, what are you thinking? What are you doing?’ And he just looked at me. Didn’t say anything and it was the most awkward moment because, in the past with Ryan Fitzpatrick and those guys, they would laugh and it would break it up and we would get past it. Eli just looked at me like, ‘if you don’t get out of my face…’”
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— Eli Manning (@EliManning) April 8, 2021
Marshall was one of the NFL’s most prolific pass catchers with six seasons with 100 or more receptions and eight seasons in which he eclipsed 1,000 or more passing yards.
As a Giant, Marshall is not highly regarded. He came to the team with high expectations but an ankle injury derailed his one chance to catch on and he was released after one season.