Giants co-owner John Mara has made it known that he is rooting for veteran Eli Manning to start the entire 2019 season but head coach Pat Shurmur seems to be leaving the door open to rookie QB Daniel Jones starting Week 1 against the Cowboys according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.com.
Florio’s evidence? How about this answer from Shurmur from a reporter asking, “Do you like Daniel enough to give him a shot at the job earlier than –”. “I’ve said it all along. Daniel, when it’s his time to play is gonna be ready, and we’re gonna continue to get him ready,” Shurmur replied. “We got a couple of weeks left before we play Dallas.”
Shurmur could have ended all speculation by simply saying that Eli is the team’s Week 1 starter-but he didn’t. He clearly left the possibility open that Jones could get the start against the Cowboys. It is possible he is doing this to light a fire under Manning and get him to fight for his job-or he may realize that the team’s best chance of success both immediately and for the future lies beginning the Daniel Jones Era as soon as possible.
Whatever the motivation, there is no doubt that Jones thus far has looked like he deserved to be taken with the No.6-overall pick. He has looked great both in training camp and in preseason action the first two games and hasadmirably handled all the media attention and pressure that naturally comes with being a franchise QB in New York. Shurmur has always seemed like a company guy and it is hard to believe he would would ignore Mara’s wishes and sit Eli. But he knows that Jones’ time is coming sooner rather than later.