Giants bench Eli Manning, name Daniel Jones starting QB

Eli Manning's long and distinguished reign as the New York Giants' starting quarterback is seemingly over. Let the Daniel Jones era begin.

News 12 Staff

Sep 17, 2019, 2:36 PM

Updated 1,715 days ago

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Giants bench Eli Manning, name Daniel Jones starting QB
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
(AP) - Eli Manning's long and distinguished reign as the New York Giants' starting quarterback is seemingly over. Let the Daniel Jones era begin.
Coach Pat Shurmur announced Tuesday that the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft is replacing the two-time Super Bowl MVP as the Giants' quarterback, beginning Sunday at Tampa Bay.
The move comes less than 24 hours after Shurmur refused to say Manning would remain the starter following two straight losses, the sixth time in seven years New York has gotten off to a 0-2 start.
The 38-year-old Manning has been the Giants' starter since replacing Kurt Warner after nine games in the 2004 season, the year Manning was traded to New York by San Diego after it took him with the No. 1 overall pick.
Manning led the Giants to Super Bowl titles following the 2007 and '11 seasons, beating Tom Brady and the Patriots both times.
"Eli and I spoke this morning," Shurmur said. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday."
The Giants players had Tuesday off and Manning was not available for comment.
Manning is in the final year of a four-year, $84 million contract that includes a no-trade clause. His salary cap hit this season is $23.2 million.
In two games, Manning completed 56 of 89 passes for 556 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 78.7. But the Giants have scored only four touchdowns, despite averaging 420 yards.
Veteran receiver Golden Tate missed the first two games serving a four-game suspension for using performance enhancers and go-to guy Sterling Shepard was out this past weekend with a concussion.
"Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time," said Shurmur, who is in his second season with the Giants. "I have said it since I got here, I am very fond of Eli. His work ethic, his preparation, his football intelligence. All those attributes are as good as I have ever seen in a player. And Eli worked as hard as you could ask of anybody to get ready for this season. This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli."
The question of when Jones would take over has been a constant topic since the Giants drafted him. It gained momentum when the 22-year-old Duke product completed 29 of 34 passes for 416 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions in the preseason. His 137.2 quarterback rating was the best in the league.
Jones is much more mobile than Manning and will be able to extend plays with his legs. Manning has been a sitting target for opponents once they get past the O-line. Jones also has shown a good touch with his deep throws.
The hint of an impending change surfaced Monday and a day later, Shurmur benched the man who has been the face of the organization for the past 15-plus years.
Manning, who is playing in a team-record 16th season with the Giants, knew the change was a possibility.
"We're 0-2 and you are looking for answers," he said Monday. "I get it, we drafted a guy early and you are not winning games, these things are going to come up. I just have to keep working and do whatever my job is."
On Sunday, his job will be as Jones' backup.
Some former teammates were upset with the move.
"So incredibly Disappointed & Frustrated with the @Giants Right now. Defense gives up 63 Points in 2 Games & WR Group is depleted but let's Change our QB??" said Shaun O'Hara, the center of the '07 champions.
"I'll take my QB six days a week and twice on Sundays!!" said tight end Kevin Boss, who also played in '07.
Earlier this season, general manager Dave Gettleman said he favored the 'Kansas City' model when asked about having a young quarterback. He was referring to Patrick Mahomes, who spent his first season as a backup to Alex Smith, and took over last year.
Giants co-owner John Mara said before the season his hope was Manning would play well enough to remain the starter the whole season.
That obviously didn't happen.
Jones will be the third of the 11 quarterbacks selected in this year's draft to both play and start a game. Kyler Murray, the first overall selection by Arizona, started the Cardinals' first two games. Gardner Minshew, a sixth-round selection by Jacksonville out of Washington State, started the Jaguars' loss Sunday in Houston as a replacement for the injured Nick Foles.
Manning has started 232 of the Giants' past 233 regular-season games. The loss Sunday to the Bills dropped his record to .500 at 116-116.
Manning started 210 consecutive regular-season games from Nov. 21, 2004 to Nov. 23, 2017, the second-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history. Only Brett Favre (297) started more consecutive games. Manning did not play on Dec. 3, 2017, at Oakland when then-coach Ben McAdoo started Geno Smith instead.
McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired the next day and Manning returned to running the team, starting the past 22 games.
Manning holds all of the Giants' career passing records, including attempts (8,061, which places him sixth in NFL history), completions (4,860, sixth), passing yards (56,537, seventh) and touchdown passes (362, eighth).
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