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Shurmur not ruling out rookie QB Daniel Jones starting Week 1

6/11/2019 11:23:39 AM
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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has long insisted that veteran Eli Manning will be his starting quarterback in 2019 but he is no longer ruling out the possibility of No.6-overall pick Daniel Jones starting in Week 1 according to Tom Rock of Newsday.

Shurmur said that he’s “constantly” evaluating both Manning and Jones, and that the one who gives the team the best chance to win will start.  “We’re gonna play the very best player,” Shurmur said. “I know we’re dancing around the words here, but right now Eli is getting ready to have a great year and Daniel is getting ready to play. We’ll just see what happens. . . .“We feel good where Eli is, he’s our starting quarterback, and we’ve got a young player that we think is going to be an outstanding player getting himself ready to play.”

Shurmur knows he is opening the door for a lot of speculation this summer.  “I’m not trying to be cryptic about it,” Shurmur said. “It is what I said it is. Eli is getting ready to have an outstanding year and Daniel is getting ready to play. That’s really about it.”  When it was mentioned that both things can’t be true at once, Shurmur replied: “Have at it, I guess.”

The Giants organization seems determined to justify their reach for Jones at No.6 to the rest of the football world.  That said, no one who has watched the team the past two seasons really believes that Eli is the guy to lead the Giants back to the playoffs-especially without Odell Beckham Jr.  We would still bet on Manning being the starter in Week 1 but his days are clearly numbered.

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