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The New York Giants do not plan on benching Eli Manning - report

Eli Manning is still the man for the Giants

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Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants have no plans to bench Eli Manning for rookie quarterback Davis Webb.

Just three short months ago the notion would have fallen under the heading of “Well... Yeah.” But after a 1-7 start to the season that has seen the team badly under-perform and appear to fray off the field, the questions regarding regarding the future of their quarterback position are starting to pile up.

Ben McAdoo opened the door for the rookie to get snaps in games this week, saying “Eli, he's our quarterback. But that doesn't mean at some point in time, we won't throw another guy in there to get a look at him.” But the Giants are still committed to Manning as their starting quarterback. Rapoport adds that the Giants, players and coaches, want to win, and Manning gives them their best chance to do so.

Raptor’s Take: Rapoport notes that the Giants could move Webb into the primary backup role behind Manning, ahead of Geno Smith. That move would have Webb active to get game experience in games that are out of reach — such as this past week against the Los Angeles Rams. To me, that’s the right move. Having Webb as the primary backup would also give him more snaps in practice, in the Giants offense, as opposed to few snaps running the scout team. He would have the opportunity to get game experience and the Giants would get to see his growth as a player in their system, and that is vital if they are considering drafting a quarterback with their first pick.