Ohio State University quarterback Dwayne Haskins has some encouraging words for long-time New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
It’s settled in at this point that Ohio State University quarterback Dwayne Haskins could very well be the next New York Giants quarterback. He very well could be the successor to when Eli Manning finally calls it quits.
The Giants have the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and could land Haskins. The five teams in front of them (Cardinals, 49ers, Jets, Raiders, and Buccaneers) all have long-term plans at quarterback. Big Blue, to many, don’t have a long-term plan. Eli will be entering his 16th season next year. He could be the starting quarterback, yes. However, many believe the Giants should still search for that next guy in this upcoming draft.
But would Haskins be willing to sit behind Manning for a year and sort of get the Patrick Mahomes treatment? The answer seems to be yes.
“He’s a legend,” Haskins said of Manning, per Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. “It’s not always about playing right away. It’s about learning what you can before you play so you are prepared to play. If I do have an opportunity to go to New York…I’ll definitely take it all in.
“I feel like he has always been a great quarterback,” Haskins said. “I know he’s getting a little old, but I feel like he can still play. I know they are going through a little bad year this year but I feel like Eli can bounce back.”
Haskins formerly mentioned at the Heisman Trophy ceremony that he grew up a Giants fan. He’s also close friends with Giants running back Saquon Barkley.
The Ohio State quarterback who broke the Buckeye single-season record for passing yards and touchdowns also hinted at wanting to be a Giant this week. On Tuesday he posted a now-deleted tweet of him photoshopped in a Giants uniform.
All in all, Haskins showing that he wouldn’t mind sitting behind Manning for a year seems like it would be a step in the right direction for Big Blue.