So much so, that grandfather and Hall of Famer Archie hinted his ceiling may be higher than both of his uncles.
“He’s probably a little ahead of them as a freshman,” he told the Indianapolis Star-Tribune.
Arch is already starting at the varsity level — the first player to do so as a freshman in school history — while Peyton and Eli played junior varsity as freshman before starting on the varsity team as sophomores.
Arch, who measures in at 6-1 as a freshman, does not seem to be fazed by the challenge, either.
In a recent game on Sept. 17, he threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for another two touchdowns — a rare feat for a Manning quarterback.
Perhaps the agility comes from his father, Cooper, who was a wide receiver at Newman — catching passes from younger brother Peyton — and earned a scholarship to Ole Miss before a spinal condition forced him to quit football.
While Arch’s future looks promising, his grandfather makes sure he stays focused in the moment.
“Our theme is, ‘Let’s let Arch be a freshman,’” Archie said.
“(Arch is) playing good, he’s on a good team, they’re having a lot of success and having a lot of fun and that’s the way it should be,” Archie added. “That’s the one thing I always told my kids and I’ll tell Arch the day before a game. ‘Go have fun.’”