Before Giants minicamp broke in mid-June, coach Pat Shurmur told reporters that, while incumbent veteran Eli Manning is still New York’s starter, rookie signal-caller Daniel Jones was “on track with the goal to be ready to play on Day 1.”
Shurmur told the New York media to “have at it”, regarding speculation about the QB position, adding, “The players who give our team the best chance to win play. Period. We’ve seen Eli do that for a very long time, so we’ll see what happens as we go down the road.”
While the coach appears to be opening the door for Jones to win New York’s starting QB job and start Week 1, Giants receiver Golden Tate says that there’s no rush for the No. 6 overall pick to start right away, not when Manning is still playing like a two-time Super Bowl champion, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.
“What I can I see, Eli Manning’s got a lot of juice left,” Tate told NFL Network’s Scott Hanson on Total Access on Thursday. “He’s still got some zip on his passes.
“I’ve been impressed. I think we have a really good problem. We’ve got a Hall of Fame-type of quarterback in my mind and we also drafted a guy, a young guy, so we don’t need Daniel to come in and save the day. We just need Daniel to stay on pace, learn as much as he possibly can in a great environment and just take it day by day. We don’t need him to come in tomorrow and win a game. We just need him to stay on pace. I think that’s good news in my mind.”