The preseason is over for Eli Manning. He will watch on Thursday as ballyhooed rookie quarterback Daniel Jones gets the start when the New York Giants fans the New England Patriots in their preseason finale.
Coach Pat Shurmur made that announcement on Sunday.
Left unsaid is that few Giants’ starters are likely to see significant, if any, playing time on Thursday.
Jones’ impressive preseason, going 25-of-30 (83.3 percent) for 369 yards, two touchdowns and a 1401.1 passer rating, has left many calling for Jones to supplant Manning as the Week 1 starter vs. the Dallas Cowboys.
Daniel Jones should be the Giants Week 1 starter.— PFF (@PFF) August 25, 2019
: https://t.co/tGpH9zxbkJ@PFF_Mike shares why he feels the Giants’ rookie is ready to start right now based on how he has performed this preseason. pic.twitter.com/hQ2P8IrGUy
The Giants have been adamant that will not happen.
“I’ve said it all along, Eli’s our starter and we’re getting Daniel ready to play,” was Shurmur’s response to the Jones as starter question on Friday. “I think he’s done a good job in the preseason, as I’ve mentioned all along. He’s getting better, and he’s going to continue to do that so that at whatever time we need him to play, he’ll be ready.”
Thursday night, then, will just be a tease.