The Eli Manning Era Is Over: NY Giants Name Daniel Jones Their Starting QB
Following an 0-2 start to their 2019 season that has seen them be outscored by a combined score of 63 to 31, the New York Giants have named rookie Daniel Jones their starting quarterback for Week 3.
The Giants selected the former Duke University quarterback with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. During his final season at Duke University, Jones completed 60.5% of his passes for 2,674 yards, with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Jones will be taking over for Eli Manning, the two-time Super Bowl champion who has been with the New York Giants since they traded for him from the San Diego Chargers during the 2004 NFL Draft. During the first two games of the season, Manning completed 56 of 89 passes for 556 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
“Eli and I spoke this morning. 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,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters on Tuesday morning.
While New York Giants fans were initially frustrated with the selection of the underwhelming Duke QB, Jones put together a decent preseason, completing 29 of 34 passes for 416 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
The 22-year-old Jones will kick off his National Football League career when the New York Giants travel down to Florida to take on the 1-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, September 22.
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