When the New York Giants drafted Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall in this year’s NFL Draft, it seemed to signal the eventual end for Eli Manning. However, don’t expect the team to have a quick hook for Manning this upcoming season.
All indications in training camp are that Manning remains the clear-cut starter, even after Jones’ impressive preseason debut. Giants owner John Mara made it clear today where Eli stands.
When asked about a potential transition at QB, Mara said he hopes Jones doesn’t have to see the field this year because Manning has a “great’ season.
By Mara’s estimation, that would mean the team has a successful year, so a change at QB won’t be necessary.
"I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field" – Giants owner John Mara
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) August 13, 2019
This isn’t surprising from Mara, considering the loyalty the team has shown its longtime quarterback, particularly after his controversial benching in 2017.
However, it is also wishful thinking. The Giants don’t project to be a playoff contender this fall, and it is reasonable to expect some clamoring for Manning to take a seat.
Mara said the eventual decision to give Jones a shot will be up to head coach Pat Shurmur.
If a QB change is made, Mara said he’d like to be informed of it beforehand but said it’ll be Shurmur’s decision at the end of the day. Mara hopes it’s not a decision he has to make “until way in the future.”
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 13, 2019
Our guess? The Giants keep Eli in there until it is clear the team isn’t making the postseason. After that, it will be time to break Jones in.