Eli Manning
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The New York Giants have decided to go with Daniel Jones instead of Eli Manning for their Week 3 matchup in Tampa Bay.

It’s finally happened. The New York Giants coaching staff has finally pulled the plug on their long-time quarterback.

Via the Giants Twitter account, the team has decided to bench Eli Manning for their Week 3 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New York will start rookie quarterback Daniel Jones instead.

Despite not putting up horrible numbers in his first two games (62.9% completion percentage for 556 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions), the Giants are indeed 0-2. They believe a change needs to be made at the quarterback spot, and they ultimately have decided to make the switch to Jones.

It’s unclear at this point who the quarterback will be in the following weeks after this upcoming game. That all depends on how Jones performs in the game in Tampa Bay on Sunday.

This marks the second time that Manning has been benched in his career. Former head coach Ben McAdoo previously benched Manning when the team was 2-9 heading into Week 13 of the 2017 season. Then-Giants backup Geno Smith got the start, as many fans and writers hated the decision.

However, with the team now 8-26 since the beginning of the 2017 season, fans and writers may think differently about this situation. Jones completed 85.3% of his throws for 416 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions through four preseason games.

The Giants kickoff against the Bucs this Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET. If Jones thus remains the starter from here on out, let the new era commence.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.