Daniel Jones confirmed up as The Pure in his preseason debut, and the unmistakable rumble of his thundering footsteps can’t presumably go in certainly one of Eli Manning’s ears and out the opposite.
Nobody is asking Daniel Jones a draft-day attain anymore, solely a precocious rookie reaching for Manning’s beloved job.
One good preseason sequence Thursday in opposition to the Jets hardly implies that Pat Shurmur is presently ready to make the franchise-quaking change from Manning to Jones.
That may occur every time Jones exhibits he has climbed the tallest mountain within the NFL panorama:
When it turns into apparent that he provides Shurmur and the Giants their greatest likelihood to win, which means a greater likelihood to win than Manning provides them.
Invoice Parcells used to inform everybody that you simply study a quarterback when he’s bloodied and bludgeoned, and when Jones faces that second of reality, which he confronted at Duke, there are not any indications he’ll flinch.
Each Manning cross, each Manning sequence, will imply every thing from this level on. Daniel Jones has turned up the warmth on him ahead of anybody not named Dave Gettleman might have imagined.
Shurmur and Gettleman have been seduced and intoxicated by Jones’ eye-opening growth, as nicely they need to be.
Even Giants followers, even the boo birds who trashed the choose, have shortly modified their tune.
They’ve seen the longer term, and it’s him.
He is aware of the offense.
He appears unflappable.
The second doesn’t seem too massive for him.
He has arm expertise.
He stands tall and fearless within the pocket.
He retains his eyes downfield.
And due to all of it, he has shortly received the respect of his teammates.
Jones strafed principally backups within the secondary, sure, however he additionally didn’t have the companies of Saquon Barkley or Sterling Shepard or Evan Engram.
It made me surprise: Did Shurmur declining on Friday to positively decide to Manning as his Week 1 starter imply nothing, or one thing?
“Nothing has modified,” Shurmur mentioned.
Nor ought to it.
Requested if there may very well be QB competitors for Week 1 if Jones continues his anticipated enchancment, Shurmur mentioned: “Nicely hear, we’re not gonna play the what-ifs, and I might say this — nothing has modified.”
Q: Is Eli positively the starter for Week 1?
A: “In my thoughts we’re getting everyone able to play, and our state of affairs right here hasn’t modified,” Shurmur mentioned.
Earlier, previous to the Week 1 queries, Shurmur answered it was vital to get Manning one (three-and-out) sequence.
“He’s our starter,” Shurmur mentioned.
It’s inconceivable and insanity that the Giants would carry Manning again as a $23.2 million backup. That is no time to be kicking him to the curb. The good cash completely ought to be on him beginning the season. However there ought to be good cash on him not ending it as nicely.