What a way to test a rookie quarterback: Give him his first NFL start against the defending NFC champions and their vaunted defense.
Eli Manning is ready for the challenge. Carolina Panthers are too.
It's a test by Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who is holding tryouts for his starting quarterback spot. Manning, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, is battling two-time MVP Kurt Warner for the job.
Warner started last week's 34-24 win over Kansas City, giving way to Manning, who went 7-for-13 for 91 yards and no touchdowns.
Manning knows the Panthers will be a tougher opponent, with the foursome of Peppers, All-Pro Kris Jenkins, Mike Rucker and Brentson Buckner eager to jar him a bit. He'll also have to dodge speedy linebackers Dan Morgan and Mark Fields.
``It's a great defense with a lot of good players,'' Manning said. ``It's going to be a challenge. That's when you have to go out there and make smart decisions. When nothing is there, you have to see what you're going to do.''
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Eli Manning's Challenge
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