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Former New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck still believes that Eli Manning has some left in the tank.

A former New York Giants champion is standing by quarterback Eli Manning’s side.

Earlier this week, now-retired Giants defensive end Justin Tuck spoke with Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. Among other topics, Tuck spoke on how he still believes Big Blue can win games with Manning as their quarterback.

“The second half of the season showed [Eli] really still has a lot in the tank,” Tuck said. “He’s never been a mobile quarterback. I think when you keep him upright he can be just as good as he always has been. I hope we continue to add pieces to our offensive line like we did. I love (Will) Hernandez. We’ve got to continue to upgrade that position.”

“I think the sky is the limit for this team,” Tuck mentioned. “I love the mix of young talent they have. I would like to see a little more leadership, but it’s a work in progress. I do think Eli still has a lot left. It’s there for us to have it.”

Having been retired since the conclusion of the 2015 season, Tuck spent nine years with the Giants from 2005-13, all with Manning.

In his nine seasons in blue, Tuck played in 127 games, racking up 453 total tackles and 60.5 sacks. He made the Pro Bowl and was a First-Team All-Pro in 2008. He made the Pro Bowl again and was named a Second-Team All-Pro during the 2010 season.

Tuck was also part of those 2007 and 2011 Giants teams that won Super Bowls 42 and 46.

It’s still tough to say what the Giants will do with Manning in 2019. He’ll most likely stay on the team for one more year and mentor a possible rookie quarterback that Big Blue picks up in the draft.

However, according to recent reports, Giants GM Dave Gettleman may try to sign Eagles QB Nick Foles if he hits the free agency market. If that were the case, the Giants and Manning could thus part ways before the season begins.

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