New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur fully expects Eli Manning to return to the team for the 2019 season.
It looks like the New York Giants will be employing their long-time quarterback back for at least one more season.
On Wednesday, at a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, Giants HC Pat Shurmur spoke on the team and some of the questions lingering over the organization this offseason.
Of these questions, is the issue with quarterback Eli Manning. Do the Giants part ways with him? Do they bring him back for the 2019 season?
Shurmur seems to be siding with the latter suggestion, as he “fully expects” Eli to be back with the Giants next year.
“I think Eli has proven he can win games,” Shurmur said to the media.
Shurmur also commented on if the Giants could draft a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft this April. This quarterback thus would possibly sit for a year behind Manning and learn from the 16-year veteran.
“I think a young player would greatly benefit from that,” Shurmur said.
In my opinion, this is the right move by the Giants organization at the moment. Bringing Manning back for 2019 along with drafting a quarterback could prove to be an effective strategy for the long-term.
Giving whoever they potentially draft at quarterback the “Pat Mahomes treatment” could mean great things for the future when Manning finally calls it quits.
However, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Giants targeted an offensive lineman or a defensive playmaker with their No. 6 overall selection. Big Blue could use a great deal of help at those two positions as well.