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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram believes long-time Big Blue quarterback Eli Manning will have a monster season in 2018.

As far as football is concerned, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning experienced a rough 2017.

Having won just three games as a starter, along with posting the worst passer rating of his career, it’s safe to say last season wasn’t exactly one to remember for Eli. (Not to mention his start streak came to a close at 210 when he was benched in a Week 13 game against the Oakland Raiders.)

On the other hand, rookie tight end Evan Engram was an extremely bright spot on an organization that had one of its most disappointing seasons in their over 90-year history. He finished the year with 74 receptions, 722 yards, along with six touchdowns.

As for the expectations for this upcoming season, the former Ole’ Miss Rebel is confident in his quarterback and team.

“We got some new additions on the [offensive] line,” Engram said to Zach Braziller of the New York Post at the Hyundai Youth Football Camp. “We’re going to give [Eli] some more time back there. Y’all [will] see. Eli is still Eli. It’s going to be a big year for us and a big year for him.”

Engram also mentioned how Eli has looked this offseason and how that’ll translate to the field come the start of the regular season.

“Eli looked really good all offseason,” Engram said. “I went to Duke [for the annual Manning minicamp in April], he was slinging it around all camp. He was making a lot of throws that he’s been making for years.”

The Giants open up the regular season at home on Sept. 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now 10 days until training camp begins, this upcoming season contains great expectations for Big Blue.

With a new head coach in Pat Shurmur as well as a huge potential in rookie running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants should be a huge contender in the NFC, as well as in the NFL overall.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.