Eli Manning’s run as a starting quarterback of New York Giants has come to an end. Giants’ head coach Pat Shurmur announced on Tuesday that Manning will be benched for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with rookie Daniel Jones taking over as a starter.
Manning hasn’t been on his usual level for the past several years, which is why the Giants drafted Jones with the 6th overall pick in this year’s draft. The initial idea was to let Jones sit for a year (or maybe two) behind Manning and then take over.
However, it seems like Jones’ stellar showing in the preseason and Manning’s struggles in Week 1 and 2 have made the Giants pull the trigger much sooner than expected.
“Eli and I spoke this morning,” – said Shurmur in a statement. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel.”
“Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday.” – he added.
Eli Manning became starting quarterback for the New York Giants midway through his rookie season in 2004 and has made franchise record of 232 starts since then. During his time at the helm of the Giants’ offense, Manning won two Super Bowls and two Super Bowl MVP awards while getting ahold of every important franchise record for a QB and several NFL record.
Despite his past successes, Manning has been mediocre at best in recent years, failing to lead the team to playoffs since 2016. In the two games he played this season, he threw for 556 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions while Giants went 0-2.