The Eli Manning era in New York is officially over, as the Giants named rookie Daniel Jones the new starting quarterback, effective this Sunday.
When the Giants selected Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, many spectators criticized the organization for prematurely drafting the Duke prospect. Jones’ career at Duke was somewhat underwhelming considering his draft ranking; passing for just 2,674 yards and 22 touchdowns in his senior season at Chapel Hill.
The Giants had a plan in mind, which involved replacing the declining Manning with a young quarterback to pair with star running back Saquon Barkley.
Jones performed well in the preseason, often giving the Giants and New York natives a glimmer of hope for the future. Now, with a record of 0-2, the Giants are naming the rookie as the starting quarterback. Jones will start his professional career on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are fighting for relevancy with a 1-1 record.
Following the news of Jones being named the starter, head coach Pat Shurmur discussed how important Manning was to the organization. Shurmur talked about Manning’s willingness to be a good teammate and assist the rookie quarterback, even though he was visibly disappointed in the decision.
The age of Manning continues to show, as he has thrown two interceptions and lost a fumble in the first two games of the 2019 NFL season. Manning has been consistently a problem in the turnover department, registering multiple seasons with over 20 interceptions.
The naming of Jones as starting quarterback will usher in a new era of Giants football. The pocket presence of Jones, combined with the star qualities of Barkley, will haunt the minds of defensive coordinators every week. The organization can continue to build this team by smart draft tactics and free agent pick-ups.
Manning’s starting career record is currently at an even 116-116. The two-time Super Bowl champion is seventh in NFL history in passing yards, eighth in touchdown passes and sixth in completions and attempts.