Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Daniel Jones brings new dimensions to Giants' offense

Daniel Jones brings new dimensions to Giants' offense

Coach Pat Shurmur has chose to bench the team's starting quarterback Eli Manning.

While he obviously would prefer to start, it doesn't sound like Manning has any intention of playing for another team. Because he was dying on the inside as he was putting on a fearless face and somehow cracking jokes on the day he ran the scout team in practice, weeks and maybe months before he thought he ever would when the Giants asked him back. Things didn't even look that close.

With a chance Monday to slam the door shut on speculation that NY will start rookie quarterback Daniel Jones against the Bucs Sunday, Giants coach Pat Shurmur did just the opposite.

The Giants will travel to Tampa Bay on Sunday to face the Buccaneers (1-1) at 4:05 p.m. ET.

"Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time", Shurmur said Tuesday. Eli has been handsomely-rewarded as the highest-paid National Football League player of all-time, something I doubt even the biggest Eli Manning fan would say he deserves. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter", Shurmur said in written statement.

From everything I have seen from Daniel Jones, from everything the Giants believe they have seen from Daniel Jones, he will not be one who buckles under the weight of great expectations. Right now, my future is I'm the second-string quarterback of the Giants and I've got to get myself ready to play and do whatever I'm called upon and feel I need to do to help out the rest of my teammates.

The move had been expected sooner than later this season, ever since the Giants drafted Jones. The 38-year-old has led the Giants to just one winning season in the last six and NY has made the playoffs just once since winning the 2011 Super Bowl.

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Against the Bills, Manning, the two-time Super Bowl and Super MVP victor, was 26-for-45 passing, with 250 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Adam Vinatieri said he just needed extra time to clear his mind Sunday after missing two more extra points for the Colts, but he never contemplated retirement.

"You accept it and make the best of it", Manning said.

Manning, who is 38 years old and has two Super Bowl rings, may not be as desperate to chase a ring as some aging quarterbacks are, but he has made it clear that he still wants to play.

After Shurmur's comments on Monday, Manning weighed in.

Jones will have his work cut out for him in his first start. "I just got to keep working and do whatever my job is".

Jones was a shocking selection for the Giants in the draft - we knew the Giants were interested in drafting a quarterback and probably interested in drafting Jones, but it was still stunning to see the Giants take him. The 30-year-old sprained his left foot in a preseason game last month against the New England Patriots.

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