New York Giants second-year head coach Pat Shurmur confirms Eli Manning is still the Week 1 starter at the quarterback position.
For the first time in his career, Eli Manning has his absolute, without-a-doubt successor on the roster. You could argue that Davis Webb for a short period of time was thought to be the next man up for the New York Giants, but Daniel Jones will be the man for the future, period.
That being said, many believe a quarterback controversy is brewing at MetLife Stadium. But is that really the case, even though Jones has completed 83.3% of his throws this preseason for 369 yards and two touchdowns? According to head coach Pat Shurmur, it isn’t, and Manning is still their guy for Week 1.
“I think what we’re doing is, and I’ve said it all along, Eli’s our starter and we’re getting Daniel ready to play,” Shurmur said on Friday, per Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports. “I think he’s done a good job in the preseason, as I’ve mentioned all along. He’s getting better, and he’s going to continue to do that so that at whatever time we need him to play, he’ll be ready.”
Manning has also played decent this preseason. In their second exhibition game against the Chicago Bears last week, Manning went 4-for-4 with 42 yards and an eight-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler III.
In their so-called “dress rehearsal” preseason game in Cincinnati, Manning played one drive and completed four of his eight throws for 41 yards. The drive finished with a 41-yard field goal from Pro Bowl placekicker Aldrick Rosas.