Eli Manning: I'm Not Dying, Season's Not Over

Giants QB Reacts To Benching

Jake Brown
September 18, 2019 - 2:43 pm
Eli Manning and Daniel Jones

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The Eli Manning era with the Giants is essentially over. Rookie QB Daniel Jones will start Sunday in Tampa when the Giants play the Bucs. 

Manning said he's "not happy about it" and "disappointed" as one would expect when being sent to the bench for the first time in his career, outside of one week last year.

While the Giants are moving on from their long-time QB, he's still alive. 

"Again, I'm not dying, and the season's not over," Manning said to the media Wednesday. "There's a lot to be positive about. A lot to be grateful for. So, I've just got to accept my new role and make the best out of it."

Manning's role will now be a mentor to Jones, who the Giants selected No. 6 in the 2019 NFL Draft. Manning knew there was a chance that Jones could take over at some point. 

"Yeah. I think you give it a shot and worked hard and competed. Did everything I thought I could and it just didn't work out," he said. "I didn't know how everything was going to shake out this year. You draft a young QB, yeah it's a possibility they'll play him when things don't go well. We didn't start fast and that's the situation we're in now."

16 seasons as the face of the franchise comes to an end. Manning could still come back in if Jones were to get hurt, but it seems like the rookie out of Duke will have the reigns the rest of the way.

Jones is embracing the moment as he gets set to make his debut against a Bucs team coming off their first win of the season. 

“Eli was nothing but supportive of me. He’s been that way since I’ve gotten here," Jones told the media Wednesday in his first press conference as Big Blue's starting QB. 

We'll now find out if Jones can create a legacy that Manning did, which is a tough act to follow.