New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has never been about making any fashion statements. And he’s not about to change that either on Monday night in Cleveland when he dons a glove on his left hand when he takes the field for his first preseason action of 2017.
“I’ve done it in certain games when it’s cold just to get a little extra grip,” Manning said Saturday, the day before the Giants were due to travel to Cleveland.
Manning, the 36-year-old signal caller, has 109 career fumbles in 213 career games, including postseason. He’s hit double digits in fumbles three times in the regular season, including 2007 (13), 2009 (23) and, most recently, 2015 (11). In three of the last four seasons, Manning has recorded at least seven fumbles.
Last season, the Giants finished minus-2 in the giveaway/takeaway ratio, tying them for 22nd with Carolina. The Giants also tied for 12th in the NFL (with Dallas, San Diego and Seattle) for most fumbles in a season (22). Manning was responsible for seven of those fumbles; four of which were recovered by the opposing defense.
Manning has been experimenting with the glove on his non-throwing (left) hand more frequently since the spring. in the hopes of protecting the Duke.
“If you can get a little extra grip and it helps you hold onto the ball or it saves one fumble, it is worth it.”