Pat Shurmur On Eli Manning And Daniel Jones: 'We'll See What Happens'

Alex Greenberg
June 11, 2019 - 2:19 pm
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The Giants’ starting quarterback job isn’t as firm in the hands of Eli Manning as it once was.

Daniel Jones was taken by New York with the sixth pick in the first round of April's NFL Draft, despite the fact that the team also opted to keep Manning for an expensive final year of his contract. With Manning now 38-years-old, Jones is clearly the quarterback of the future, but at what point will that future arrive?

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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur spoke to the press on Tuesday about what the season holds for both Manning and Jones. Shurmur made it seem like Jones might not be the backup quarterback for long, depending on Manning's results. 

“I think we’re going to play the very best player,” said Shurmur. “And I know we’re dancing around the words there. But right now Eli is getting ready to have a great year, and Daniel is getting ready to play. We’ll just see what happens.”

Shurmur also added that Manning is still the team’s starter, but “we’ll see what happens” is definitely leaving a door open there. Who knows what could happen after the season starts? If the Giants struggle on the field and can’t keep within touching distance of a playoff spot, then Jones will surely get his chance to show his stuff at some point.

Manning has insisted that he wants to play next season. Unless he is willing to play second fiddle to Jones, then his time with the Giants will likely come to an end. 

The Giants could have cut Manning in March and saved around $17 million, but they instead decided to keep the two-time Super Bowl champion QB around for another year, possibly with the thought that he could help develop whichever young quarterback they were able to draft.

Manning and Jones have a bit of a relationship before the Giants. They weren't particularly close, but Jones had previously worked as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy.

The drafting of the Duke QB was met with some disappointment from Giants fans. Still, Jones is a highly regarded prospect, even if he wasn't expected to go as early as he did.