Eli Manning's run as the starting quarterback for the New York Giants appears to be over after almost 15 years. Rookie Daniel Jones is taking over, beginning Sunday on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced yesterday.
"Eli and I spoke this morning," coach Pat Shurmur said in a release by the team. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel.
"Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday."
And while there has never been a question of how good a teammate Eli is, the question of how good a player he was became too much to ignore in the Giants first two losses, in which he was a shell of the man that led the team to a pair of Super Bowl titles. The team lost the first two games of the season by a combined 32 points.
So now Number 10 will be replaced by the Number 6 overall pick in this year's draft, as the Duke product will try to build on a very strong preseason where he completed 85.3 percent of his passes with two touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Meanwhile the 38-year-old Manning—who has made a franchise record 232 starts since replacing Kurt Warnerin November 2004 his rookie season—will shift to understudy.
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