New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday he wanted to see how Daniel Jones moved around at practice on Wednesday before deciding who would be the team’s quarterback on Sunday vs. the Miami Dolphins.
Well, Wednesday’s practice has come and gone and there appears to be no clarity as of now regarding whether Jones, recuperating from a high ankle sprain, or Eli Manning will be behind center.
Shurmur said Jones looked “good” during Wednesday’s jog-thru practice.
“He’s moving around a little bit. We just have to see how he does by the end of the week. He’s out here. He’s out of the boot, he’s into his regular shoes and he’s out here practicing,” Shurmur said. “Again, we didn’t do much today. We’ll just have to see how he feels by the end of the week to see if he fits into the equation here.”
The coach, though, remained non-committal.
“We have a couple days here. I think we need to be smart coming back from any injury,” Shurmur said. “In the case of a quarterback, aside from going out and throwing, they certainly need to be able to protect themselves, and part of his game is moving around. I just want to make sure he’s healthy enough and fit enough to do that.”
Manning, 38 and in his 16th and likely final season with the Giants, started Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles. A start Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles could provide a final opportunity for the two-time Super Bowl champion to play in front of the home fans.
Manning did reportedly take first-team snaps on Wednesday.
“We’ll wait and see how Daniel’s feeling,” Manning said. “’m just going to go about my business, get myself ready and this team ready.”
Jones wants to play. He said Wednesday he feels he is “healing quickly.”
“It’s still a process, I wouldn’t say it’s all the way there but I do feel a lot better. I’m able to move around, I’m able to do what I need to do to throw and I feel good in practice,” Jones said. “We’ll see how it goes through the week.”
Shurmur insisted it would be his decision on who the quarterback was on Sunday, a reference to the idea that ownership might like to see Manning get a final home start.
“If he’s (Jones) healthy enough to play, then he’ll play,” Shurmur said. “It’s always medical. If he’s cleared, he’s cleared.”
Guard Kevin Zeitler (ankle/wrist) and cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle) did not practice. Zeitler left Monday’s game against the Eagles when his ankle was rolled up on. His status for Sunday is uncertain.
“He wasn’t able to be out here today, and he’s a tough son of a gun,” Shurmur said. “We’ll just have to see how today goes, evaluate it this afternoon and see what he can do tomorrow.”
Jenkins was a surprise addition to the injury report. Jenkins, though, apparently found time to do a rather testy Twitter Q&A while his teammates were practicing. It included this:
I only can do my job.. retard https://t.co/hYDVcbk9sd— JackRabbit2.0 (@JjenkzLockdown) December 11, 2019
Shurmur wasn’t thrilled.
“He shouldn’t be tweeting during practice,” the coach said.
Tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion), tight end Evan Engram (foot) and wide receiver Golden Tate (foot) and Jones were listed as limited practice participants. Cornerback Corey ballentine (concussion) was a full practice participant.