Eli Manning’s tenure as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback might be coming to an end this weekend.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has declined to name Manning his team’s starting quarterback for the Week 3 game against Tampa Bay.
Manning struggled in a Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills, completing 26 of 45 passes for 250 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Giants drafted Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall and some of the fan base is ready to see what the rookie quarterback has.
Pat Shurmur declines to name Eli Manning the starter for #giants this week
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) September 16, 2019
Shurmur added that he understands not naming Manning the Week 3 starter will lead to speculation. He knows it’s time to at least consider playing Jones.
Pat Shurmur won't fully commit to Eli Manning as the starter. He says that "he's been our starter so far." They evaluate every position every week. When told that he's leaving Daniel Jones vs Eli open for debate, Shurmur says he "understands."
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 16, 2019
The Giants are 0-2, getting beat fairly handily by the Cowboys and the Bills.
New York’s next two games are fairly winnable: at Tampa Bay and home vs. Washington. This could provide the Giants with an opportunity to play Jones in a decent setting. Or, if they stick with Manning, perhaps he can lead New York into the win column.
It’s also been suggested that the Giants could wait to make the switch to Jones until the team’s bye week in November, though that might be too long at this point.