Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/16/11
It's around 5 p.m. on Thursday before the Giants host the Redskins on Sunday and Eli Manning is tired. He sports a soft cashmere pullover he says he wore to look nice for the interview held at the team's practice facility and then points out the contrast of his 5 o'clock shadow along with the mussed state of his hair and laughs a little at himself. Nobody's pointing at Manning these days and saying Eli lacks something. He's not an elite quarterback is he? Sure he's won a Super Bowl and toted off the MVP for Pete's sake but ... There's always a but. News flash: Eight years in, Eli's playing like a grown man's quarterback. He plays like he knows what he knows. And he'll tell you what's up in a New York minute. That's why in those miracle comebacks, he doesn't go all wobbly, man. "There's no pressure," he tells me as part of our feature on the Giants for Fox NFL Sunday. "You're thinking, all right, what are my reads here? What are they doing? How are we going to pick up this blitz...
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