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In the latest edition of “Madden NFL 19,” the good folks at EA Sports have New York Giants’ Eli Manning ranked as the 36th best quarterback.

Eli Manning has had more than his fair share of detractors over his illustrious career. A few months ago, ESPN’s Louis Riddick said Eli Manning is the fifth best quarterback in the NFC East.

But in the latest edition of the popular video game “Madden NFL 19, Manning received another slap in the face as he is ranked the 36th best quarterback in the game.

Manning’s overall rating of 76 is lower than rookie quarterbacks Josh Rosen (78), Lamar Jackson (79) and Baker Mayfield (81). His rating is also lower than two quarterbacks on the Jets roster in Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown, who each showcase a rating of 78. Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has a rating of 75.

It was Manning’s strength and agility rating that brought down his overall score. His awareness rating is 82 and his speed and accuracy were 68. But his agility is 58 and is strength is 54.

We all know the Giants and Manning each suffered through a nightmare 3-13 season a year ago. The two-time Super Bowl-winning QB threw for under 20 touchdowns for the first time since 2013, but this was due to him playing behind a mediocre offensive line and with his receiving core decimated by injuries.

Even with all of that against Manning, he still completed over 60 percent of his passes and his QBR of 43.8 was 22nd best in the league. So it’s more than comical that Madden has Manning as the 36th best quarterback in the newest edition.

Good thing NFL games are not decided by video game ratings. Manning will once again look to silence his detractors as he enters his 15th season in the league with one of the most talented rosters he’s ever played with.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.