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By Eric Edholm

Jim Sorgi will go from backing up one Manning to the other.

The Giants announced that Sorgi, who has been Peyton Manning’s backup for the past six seasons, now will compete to be the No. 2 behind Eli Manning in New York.

“Both are elite players,” Sorgi said. “I had a great time working with Peyton, and I learned a lot, obviously. The experience was invaluable as far as my development as a professional. I hate to see my time in Indianapolis come to an end, but I am as excited about working with Eli as I am sad about leaving Peyton, and I look forward to working with Eli and helping him any way I can. I have been fortunate to work with Peyton, who has one of the greatest minds in the game.”

Sorgi came on board when David Carr, Manning’s backup the past two seasons, signed with the 49ers. In his career, Sorgi has played in 16 games (zero starts) and completed 99-of-156 attempts for 929 yards with six touchdowns with one interception and a career QB rating of 89.9.

In 2009, Sorgi appeared in only one game as a reserve at St. Louis before being placed on injured reserve on December 9 with tendonitis in his shoulder. He passed his workout with the Giants.

“Jim demonstrated in the meeting room with our coaches that he is very sharp and a very good student of the game, which you would expect after spending six years backing up Peyton,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. "He is used to spending the amount of time that is necessary in preparation. He was involved in the study and preparation and everything that Peyton does, so he will be outstanding in the meeting room with Eli.”

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