The Giants will be sending another representative to next week’s Pro Bowl game.
Quarterback Eli Manning will replace Pittsburg’s Ben Roethlisberger in the annual all-star exhibition game.
This is Manning’s fourth Pro Bowl selection, and the third time he will play in the game. He was also chosen in 2008, 2011 (which he missed due to Super Bowl XLVI) and 2012.
Manning flourished in his second season under then offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, recently promoted to head coach.
Last year, Manning set franchise records with 618 pass attempts and 387 completions, while tossing just 14 interceptions.
His 4,432 passing yards were the second-highest total of his career. He also established a career high with 35 touchdown passes, the second-highest total in Giants history and just one less than the franchise record set by Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle in 1963.
Manning joins teammate Odell Beckham Jr., who was named as one of four captains named for the Pro Bowl (Cincinnati’s Geno Atkins, Los Angeles’ Aaron Donald and Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman are the other three).
The Pro Bowl teams will be headed by Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin, who will “draft” from the pool of Pro Bowl players.
Five-time Pro Bowler Darren Woodson (Team Irvin) and two-time Pro Bowler Eric Davis (Team Rice) will serve as defensive co-captains. The NFL legends will also each be assisted by one NFL.com fantasy football champion in the draft process.
The 2016 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 and televised live on ESPN at 7:00 PM ET from Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.
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The Giants have reportedly filled another assistant coaching opening on head coach Ben McAdoo’s new staff.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported that Bill McGovern, who coached the Eagles outside linebackers under Chip Kelly, has been hired as the linebackers coach, replacing Jim Herrmann, who took a similar position with the Colts.
Meanwhile, former Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty has been hired by the 49ers, how headed by Kelly, to be the offensive line coach of their team. And former defensive line coach Robert Nunn has been hired to serve as the defensive line coach on Hue Jackson’s staff in Cleveland.
Meanwhile former cornerbacks coach Peter Giunta, who last year was replaced by Tim Walton, will join the Saints coaching staff as a senior defensive assistant