After two straight losses to open the season again, the New York Giants are looking to newly drafted rookie quarterback Daniel Jones to take the reins for the team going into Week 3.
Head coach Pat Shurmur announced that Jones will be making his first career start when the Giants head down to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers. “Eli and I spoke this morning,” Shurmur said. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter.”
Quarterback Eli Manning finished the season’s first two games with a passer rating of 78.7; he completed 56 of 89 pass attempts for a total of 556 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
“Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time,” Shurmur added. “I have said it since I got here, I am very fond of Eli. His work ethic, his preparation, his football intelligence… This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli.”
During the preseason, Jones was a force to be reckoned with for the Giants. He completed 29 of 34 passes which tallied him 416 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He finished the preseason with a 137.2 passer rating.
If Jones comes out and performs like he did in the preseason, it won’t be long before he officially takes over as the Giants’ starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. He has a lot to prove being the 6th overall pick, especially given how people counted him out and declared him a bad pick for the Giants.
With the door closing on Eli Manning era for the Giants, a new one will open on the Daniel Jones era. During the Manning era, the Giants defeated the New England Patriots and Tom Brady in the Super Bowl twice, giving the Giants their first two Super Bowl wins since 1991.
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