Similarities Between Daniel Jones And Eli Manning Emerge At Giants' OTAs

May 28, 2019 - 2:11 pm
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By WFAN.com

OTAs (Organized Team Activities) continued for the Giants on Tuesday after the long weekend.

So far, much of the attention during these OTAs has been on Daniel Jones and Eli Manning, who have had their first chance to work together on the field as members of the team. It seems like the relationship between the two quarterbacks is developing as it should.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur spoke during the team’s fourth day of OTAs about the similarities between Jones and Manning.

“Personality wise, I’d say in some ways they’re similar,” said Shurmur. “As we get to know Daniel Jones and his personality more. They’re very calm in their approach, but they’re very fiery under the covers. I don’t think you want to misrepresent either one of them because they’re both very fiery about making sure things are done properly. They demand it of themselves and they demand it of the people around them.”

Manning and Jones had a bit of familiarity with each other before the latter was drafted by the Giants in April. The former Duke QB spent time as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana.

The Giants will need the two QBs to continue to foster a productive relationship if this season is going to be a success. A balance will need to be found between trying to win on the field, and trying to prepare Jones for the future.

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Jones also spoke on Tuesday about how things have been going during the 21-year-old’s early days as a member of the Giants and as a teammate of Manning’s.

“It’s a daily process and I’m learning and trying to improve everyday," said Jones. "It’s been a good start and I’m enjoying it … Eli [Manning] has been very helpful for me. We have a great relationship and we have a great quarterback room.”

Running back Saquon Barkley talked about his mindset and mentality ahead of pre-season and, eventually, the new season. 

"As long as I take care of my body and I’m a pro outside the facility," said Barkley. "I’ll do whatever I need to do to help this team win. It doesn’t matter how many touches I get ... I compete against myself. I want to be the best for my team ... the only thing I’m focused on is this team."