Arch Manning Apr 15, 2023; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (16) before the second half of the Texas Spring Game at DKR- Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Longhorns freshman quarterback Arch Manning was the highest-rated quarterback prospect in the 2023 high school recruiting class and is widely expected to be a superstar like his uncles, Peyton and Eli Manning. Despite the hype, Arch Manning didn’t exactly have the best performance during the team’s spring game, but Eli Manning doesn’t think he should be criticized for that.

Speaking to reporters at the Manning Passing Academy this week, Eli Manning downplayed the spring game performance from Arch Manning.

“For me, I don’t remember many of my spring games,” Eli Manning said according to On3. “I don’t remember many of my preseason games. Spring games, you can’t look too much into it.”

Eli Manning pointed out that Arch Manning’s spring game performance came after just a few practices with the team when he should have still been in high school.

“I know, for him, it’s about getting in there. Getting into practices, getting in the weight room, learning the playbook,” Eli Manning said. “He was still a senior in high school when he went through that spring game. He’s got a lot to learn. But every rep’s important, every practice is important and he’ll just continue to get better and more comfortable.”

Needless to say, Eli Manning isn’t necessarily happy with the way his nephew is being portrayed.