The Giants announced Tuesday that Daniel Jones will replace Manning as the team's starting quarterback Week 3 versus the Buccaneers.
Former head coach Ben McAdoo memorably benched Manning in favor of Geno Smith for one game in 2017, but the two-time Super Bowl MVP's move to the bench looks to be permanent this time around. The Manning-led offense sputtered in two rather non-competitive losses to begin the season, with the signal-caller completing 62.9 percent of his passes for only 6.2 yards per attempt to go with three turnovers (two interceptions, one lost fumble). Jones, a rookie first-round selection, showcased an accurate arm in the preseason and during garbage time in the Week 1 loss to the Cowboys, which likely made coach Pat Shurmur more comfortable in pulling the plug on Manning. The 38-year-old, who carries a $23.2 million cap hit this season, now becomes the NFL's priciest backup quarterback.
Speaking to the media Monday, coach Pat Shurmur declined an opportunity to commit to Manning as his starting quarterback, Kimberly Jones of NFL Network reports. "He's been our starter to this point," Shurmur said. "I'm not ready to talk about that."
Shurmur even acknowledged that his failure to commit to Manning will lead to speculation. The Giants aren't ready to announce a decision, but it sounds like they're at least discussing the possibility of starting Daniel Jones in Week 3 at Tampa Bay. The 38-year-old Manning has managed just 6.2 YPA through two games, struggling to make anything happen in an offense with an injury-riddled wideout corps.
Manning completed 26 of 45 passes for 250 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while rushing once for two yards in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Bills.
Manning was putrid in the first half, completing just nine of 19 passes for 74 yards and an interception. He showed some life in the fourth quarter, converting on 4th-and-2 in the red zone with a nine-yard pass to Cody Latimer before hitting T.J. Jones for a four-yard touchdown two plays later to pull within seven. That's as close as New York would get, as the Bills responded with a touchdown of their own to take a 28-14 lead and proceeded to intercept Manning on a deep ball. Manning's improvement after halftime gives him some breathing room when it comes to retaining the starting job over rookie Daniel Jones, but his lack of receiving weapons and eroding skills make Manning a low-tier fantasy option.
Manning completed 30 of 44 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-17 loss to the Cowboys.
The Giants' passing game was focused on shorter routes and getting the ball out of Eli's hands quickly, which didn't do much for his yards per attempt but did help keep him from getting sacked -- he was brought down only once by DeMarcus Lawrence and the Dallas pass rush. If the defense continues to dig big holes for the team, Manning may be forced to air things out a little more as the season progresses, but that's unlikely to be an issue against the Bills in Week 2.
Coach Pat Shurmur said Sunday that Manning won't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Manning looked sharp in his recent preseason tune-up, and it's likely the team is holding him out to prevent injury. The veteran is still expected to start Week 1 over sixth-overall pick Daniel Jones despite his absence Thursday. In the meantime, Jones will start the team's fourth preseason game, and will likely play most of the game.
Manning played just the opening drive of Thursday's 25-23 preseason win over the Bengals, completing four of eight passes for 41 yards.
Manning looked sharp in leading the offense to a field goal, but his receivers didn't do him any favors with a couple drops, including one in the end zone. The veteran quarterback will almost certainly sit out the final preseason game next week and is locked into the Week 1 starting role over rookie sixth overall pick Daniel Jones. Manning will hope to have Sterling Shepard (thumb) available by that point, especially with New York's receiving corps already missing Golden Tate (suspension) for the first four games.
Manning is expected to play one or two drives in Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Daniel Jones will play the remainder of the first half, with Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta taking snaps after the break. Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard (thumb) and Golden Tate (suspension, concussion) are candidates to be held out, but all besides Tate should be back for Week 1 against Dallas.
Giants owner John Mara said Tuesday that he hopes Manning will play well enough to keep Daniel Jones off the field all season, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. "I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel [Jones] never sees the field." Mara said. "But again, at the end of the day, that's going to be a decision by the head coach as to when, or if, Daniel winds up playing this year."
Team leadership seems to be on the same page about giving Jones a redshirt year, though Mara acknowledges the possibility it won't actually play out that way. The rookie was sharp in the preseason opener, completing each of his five passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Manning remains on track for the Week 1 start, but his leash will be shorter if Jones continues to thrive in exhibitions. Meanwhile, the Giants have a clear weakness at wide receiver, with Corey Coleman (knee) out for the season and Golden Tate suspended for the first four contests. Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler lead a large group of wideouts competing for snaps behind Sterling Shepard.
Manning completed his lone pass attempt for three yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Jets.
Manning worked a three-play first drive before giving way to rookie sixth overall pick Daniel Jones, who threw a touchdown in his lone drive of action. Barring a spectacular preseason from Jones, Manning is locked in as the Giants' Week 1 starter under center and will be used sparingly during the exhibition slate.
Manning is expected to start Thursday's preseason contest against the Jets, Art Stapleton of NJ.com reports.
In such a scenario, Manning will take the first series or two before handing off the offense to rookie first-rounder Daniel Jones. The order of appearance is no surprise considering Manning has handled all first-team reps to this point in training camp. While he's also slated to begin the regular season as the No. 1 QB, he'd be in danger of losing the job if his performance resembles that of recent seasons or if the team isn't in the playoff chase.
GM Dave Gettleman expects Manning to retain the Giants' starting job QB in 2019, ESPN.com's Jordan Raanan reports. "The goal is for Eli to be our quarterback," Gettleman said. "Maybe we're going to be the Green Bay model, where [Aaron] Rodgers sat for three years. Who knows?"
The Giants could've freed up $17 million in cap space if they'd released Manning before March 18, but they instead kept him on the roster and then drafted Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall Thursday night. While he's still a strong favorite for the Week 1 start, Manning probably won't keep the job for long if he struggles or the team falls out of playoff contention. Given the current state of the New York defense, it's hard to see how the team can remain competitive with anything less than a Herculean effort from star running back Saquon Barkley.
GM Dave Gettleman confirmed Manning will receive a $5 million roster bonus Monday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Previous reports suggested the bonus was due Saturday, but it turns out Manning has to wait until Monday afternoon. Regardless, the decision to pay him the money ensures the Giants will stick with the 38-year-old quarterback for at least one more season. Gettleman's offseason moves hint at a run-first approach centered around Saquon Barkley, with the Giants acquiring standout guard Kevin Zeitler and swapping out Odell Beckham for Golden Tate at wide receiver. The problem with the plan is that it requires a solid defense, while the Giants arguably have the NFL's ugliest depth chart on that side of the ball. A wealth of draft capital should help address the problem, but there will still be some busy days ahead for Manning, who could eventually face pressure for the starting job if his team uses an early pick on a quarterback.
The Giants are expected to retain Manning for 2019, ESPN.com's Dan Graziano reports.
Trading away Odell Beckham might seem to hint at a rebuild, but the Giants apparently believe they can compete in 2019 with an offense built around Saquon Barkley and the running game. A final decision on Manning should be clear by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, at which point he'll receive a $5 million bonus if he's still on the roster. Given the current state of their defense and wideout corps, it's hard to understand why the Giants believe a past-his-prime, 38-year-old quarterback is more valuable than the $17 million in cap space his release would create.
General manager Dave Gettleman didn't sound entirely committed to retaining Manning for the 2019 season when questioned about the matter Wednesday, Matt Lombardo of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. "You don't know what can happen," Gettleman said. "We're evaluating everything and we just have to keep moving forward."
Gettleman spoke with the media less than an hour after coach Pat Shurmur, who definitively said that Manning will be back with the Giants. It sounds like the two bosses aren't quite on the same page, though both were complimentary of Manning's 2018 performance, pointing to subpar play on the offensive line as an explanation for the 38-year-old's inconsistent performance. With Gettleman refusing to rule out the possibility of adding another veteran quarterback, the Giants are staying open to all options, including investing an early draft pick at the position. The team surely plans to make a decision on Manning before March 17, at which point he's due to receive a $5 million roster bonus.
Coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday that Manning will remain with the Giants for the 2019 season, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Shurmur strongly hinted at another season with Manning as the starting quarterback, going as far to say that he believes the 38-year-old has multiple years remaining in his career, per Vacchiano. This doesn't mean the Giants will pass on the opportunity to select a quarterback early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but it at least suggests Manning will be under center for Week 1. Shurmur implied that a poor offensive line was largely to blame for the team's offensive struggles in 2018. With Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram all under contract, the Giants have no shortage of talent at the skill positions.
Manning finished the season with passable cosmetic stats -- 4,299 yards (7.5 YPA), 21 passing touchdowns and 11 interceptions -- but a look under the hood tells a different story.
Manning took 47 sacks (10th in the NFL) and lost 358 yards (6th) while also fumbling seven times. In other words, he got nailed for huge losses like many scrambling quarterbacks do without making up for it with positive gains. His touchdown total on the 10th-most attempts (576) in the league was also disappointing, given the ample skill-position talent the Giants had on hand. Per OverTheCap.com, the Giants could save nearly $17 million in cap space if they cut him before June 1, but as of now, the team hasn't indicated whether it plans to bring Manning back for another season.
Manning completed 24 of 41 pass attempts for 301 yards, two touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys. He also lost a fumble.
Manning completed just 59 percent of his attempts, but some big plays allowed him to top 300 passing yards for the fifth time this season. He connected with Evan Engram and Cody Latimer for touchdowns, upping his total to 21 on the season. Unfortunately, Manning also turned the ball over 15 times and failed to take full advantage of the wealth of options at the skill positions that the Giants boast. This ineptitude could force the team to move on from Manning during the offseason, whether it be in free agency or via the draft.
Coach Pat Shurmur called Manning the Giants' starting quarterback for Week 17 against the Cowboys, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Consequently, Shurmur squashed speculation about whether 2018 fourth-round pick Kyle Lauletta will earn a start in his first pro season. When asked whether Lauletta will see game action for the second time this season, Shurmur replied, "We'll see." Shurmur's decision is not a surprise, considering Manning is on the doorstep of 4,000 yards for the fourth time in five seasons and is posting his best yards per attempt (7.5) since 2011. On the other hand, the Giants are out of postseason contention, so it wouldn't surprise if Manning's backup makes an appearance Sunday, whether it be Lauletta or Alex Tanney.
Manning completed 25 of 33 passing attempts for 309 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Colts. He also rushed twice for no yards and another touchdown.
Manning found Scott Simonson for a three-yard touchdown to help the Giants jump out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. While he wouldn't pass for another score, he would add one on the ground in the third, but in the end, it would not be enough for the victory. The 37-year-old may have played his final game for New York, as there's been speculation that he would be replaced by rookie Kyle Lauletta for the final week of the regular season at home against Dallas prior to being released in the offseason.
Manning will get the start Week 16 in Indianapolis, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Coach Pat Shurmur didn't wait long to kill any speculation about Kyle Lauletta getting the Week 16 start now that the Giants have been eliminated from playoff contention. There is some chance the rookie could take snaps as a mid-game replacement, especially if Manning struggles early against a red-hot Colts defense. Shurmur didn't comment on the plan for Week 17.
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