Offseason investment paying off for Eli

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan continually emphasizes three core components with Eli Manning: leadership, accuracy and decision-making.

During Manning's eight-year NFL career, there have been times when he's looked like a master of all three. And there have been other times when he's looked like a master of none.

Last season -- an abysmal campaign in which he threw a career-worst/league-high 25 interceptions and his team folded down the stretch, missing the playoffs for a second consecutive year -- Manning's leadership, accuracy and decision-making were all highly scrutinized and called into question.

"What happened to the Super Bowl MVP we saw in 2007?" the fans wondered.

"How long until this guy gets run out of town?" the pundits asked.

Determined to improve and turn things around, Manning began rigorously working on his game during the offseason.

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