Eli Manning has had a pretty rough go of things over the last few years. Despite winning two Super Bowls earlier in his career, Manning has struggled at the quarterback position recently and it ultimately led to his benching in favor of rookie Daniel Jones. Danny Dimes played well in his first two games for the team but eventually, reality set in and now the team is on an eight-game losing streak with almost no end in sight.
It was reported earlier today that Daniel Jones is currently dealing with a high-ankle sprain which means Manning is "likely" to play in the Giants upcoming Monday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles. This will be Eli's first start since the very beginning of the season where he struggled to put up points on a consistent basis.
In light of this news, all of NFL Twitter was sent into a frenzy as they got excited at the idea of Manning back on an NFL field. Despite his poor play in the past, many are glad to see him getting another shot to prove himself, even if it may result in some dubious QB'ing.
Check out some of the best reactions to the news, below.
Eli Manning Breaks His Silence On Being Benched By The Giants: Watch
Manning is embracing his new role with the team.
Eli Manning is a legend when it comes to New York sports as he helped the Giants win two Super Bowls and even beat Tom Brady twice. While his defense carried him to those two championships, there is no denying that Manning means a lot to that franchise as a whole. Unfortunately, Eli has been less than elite over the last few seasons and at times, he has been one of the bottom ten QBs in the entire league. He struggles to find his receivers on a consistent basis and things have started to go south with the blue, red, and white.
Despite all of this, it was still surprising when the Giants revealed on Tuesday that they would be benching Manning in favor of rookie Daniel Jones. Jones was taken with the sixth overall pick in this year's draft, a decision which had the entire fanbase up in arms. Today, Manning spoke to the media about the decision and as you can see, he's at peace with it.
Manning appears to be committed to showing Jones the ropes and helping the team any way he can from the sidelines. This speaks to how good of a teammate Manning really is, despite him never being in a position like this before.
Some feel as though his time as a starter is up although it remains to be seen if Jones can play better than his predecessor.
New York Giants Bench Eli Manning For Rookie QB Daniel Jones: Twitter Reacts
The Eli Era is over.
It was only a matter of time before the New York Giants transitioned from two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones - the move just came a littler sooner than some had anticipated.
On Tuesday, following an 0-2 start to the season, the Giants announced that Jones will be taking over as the starter while the team prepares for a road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3.
The former Duke Blue Devils QB was selected sixth overall in the 2019 NFL Draft - a move that stunned the Giants fan base as well as analysts around the league. Despite the Giants' overall lack of talent, Jones will now be tasked with proving he has what it takes to be a starter in the NFL, or else the G-Men will be in a similar position at the 2020 NFL Draft.
“Eli and I spoke this morning,” Coach Pat Shurmur said, per Giants.com. “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.”
Manning, 38, has thrown for 556 with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Giants' first two games of the season, which includes a loss in Dallas and a loss at home to the Buffalo Bills. He has been the Giants’ starting QB since he replaced Kurt Warner in his rookie season in 2004, and is 116-116 in his career.
Check out some reactions to the Giants QB change in the tweets embedded below.
Baker Mayfield Stunned By Giants’ Daniel Jones Pick: "Blows My Mind"
“I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones."
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is among the many who were shocked to see former Duke Blue Devils QB Daniel Jones selected sixth overall by the New York Giants in the 2019 NFL Draft. GQ Magazine recently sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Mayfield that included his opinion about the Jones pick, as well as his own rise to superstardom and the draft process.
According to GQ's Clay Skipper, Mayfield shared his unfiltered thoughts about Jones after a SportsCenter segment about the Giants' rookie aired near the booth where they were chatting.
“I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones,” Mayfield said about the Giants' sixth overall selection. “Blows my mind.”
“Some people overthink it,” Mayfield continued. “That's where people go wrong. They forget you've gotta win.”
“Either you have a history of winning and being that guy for your team,” he says, “or you don't.”
Of course, Mayfield isn't the first person to criticize the Giants' selection and he surely won't be the last. During his three years at Duke, Jones was 17-19 as a starter, and many believed he could've easily been had with New York's No. 17 overall pick. Meanwhile, former Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, who was 13-1 in his lone season as a starter, went to the division rival Washington Redskins at pick No. 15.
It remains to be seen if either of those rookies will get a chance to prove themselves in Year 1, but we know that the Browns are expecting big things from Baker and their revamped offense this season. Cleveland will kickoff the 2019 campaign with a home game against the Tennessee Titans on September 8, followed by a Week 2 showdown against the New York Jets at Metlife Stadium on Monday night.
Daniel Jones Booed By Yankees Fans Before Ever Playing NFL Game
Jones was the sixth overall pick in the draft.
The New York Giants shocked the football world in April when they drafted Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the draft. It was a decision that had Giants fans upset with a management team that has been running the team into the ground since they won their last Super Bowl. Jones hasn't even played a single game in the NFL and fans are already fed up with him. New York fans got to voice their displeasure at Jones when he appeared at a Yankees game last night. When fans found out he was at Yankee Stadium, the place erupted in boos which is just salt in the wound based on the reaction he got all the way back in April.
There is a pretty good chance that the fans who were booing are Jets fans, but it wouldn't be surprising if there were quite a few Giants fans in there too. Jones wasn't a first-round talent and when he was drafted so early, it came as a huge shock, even to some of the other franchises in the league.
Fans should give Jones a bit of a break though. He has plenty of time to prove himself and if he can start putting some winning seasons together, the Giants fan base will certainly embrace him.
Daniel Jones Is "Dropping Dimes" In Dramatic Giants Hype Video
Jones was drafted sixth overall by the Giants.
Daniel Jones hasn't even played one down for the New York Giants and the fanbase is already against him. The Duke football quarterback was drafted sixth overall by the Giants in this year's draft, a move which many people feel was ill-advised. Jones wasn't the highest-rated QB in the draft and having him picked so early seemed to be quite the stretch. The entire fanbase was shocked by the decision and it led to some pretty great memes and reactions on social media. Regardless, the Giants are stuck with Jones and are confident that he is their quarterback of the future.
Over the weekend, the Giants decided to release a hype video of Jones throwing some passes and let's just say it's a bit overdramatic. From the music to the weird jump cuts, it's clear that the Giants are trying to make you believe Jones is better than he really is. Not to mention, all the "dimes" he drops in this video are to wide open receivers who in many instances, are standing still.
It's too early to tell whether or not Jones will truly live up to being a sixth overall pick but videos like this one probably won't help all that much. At least the Giants are standing by their convictions. That's definitely something to marvel at.
Daniel Jones Doesn’t Care About The Memes And The Criticism
Jones just wants to prove himself.
When the New York Giants selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with their sixth overall pick, the whole football world was in shock. Many felt as though Jones should have gone in the second round and with so many great players on the board, analysts felt as though the Giants had made a huge mistake. Since the pick, various memes and hot takes have been thrown around pertaining to Jones, although as he states, he really doesn’t care.
“I haven’t paid too much mind to that,” Jones said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I think that’s key to playing quarterback, to being consistent as a quarterback, is keeping your head in the same place. I think that just comes down to your confidence in yourself, and your confidence has got to come from inside of you.”
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Jones also took the occasion to praise Giants quarterback Eli Manning, saying he can’t wait to learn from his for a few years before eventually becoming the team’s starter.
“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for a young guy to go into a place where there’s a future Hall of Famer (Manning) who’s done it for a really long time at a really high level and definitely knows what it takes,” Jones said. “So that to me is a big advantage in where I am right now. So, I’m looking forward to it, just being teammates with him, being able to learn from him.”
Only time will tell whether or not Jones can live up to the expectations put on him by the Giants and their fanbase.
Dave Gettleman Defends Daniel Jones Pick: "We’ll Find Out How Crazy I Am"
The Giants are confident they made the right choice.
Famous New York Giants fans such as Geroge R.R. Martin and Joe Budden have been quite critical of the team as of late because of their questionable sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft. The team went off the board and selected quarterback Daniel Jones from Duke, who wasn't even considered good enough to be picked in the first round. General Manager Dave Gettleman has been defending the pick and recently, he doubled down saying he's confident that he can give Jones the keys to the franchise.
"In three years we'll find out how crazy I am," Gettleman told NBC Sports' Peter King. "The one thing I have learned is you don't fool around with a quarterback. If he's your guy, you take him. If you put 32 general managers in a room and gave them [truth serum], every single one of them would tell you a story of how they got cute in a draft and it cost them a player they wanted. So, you don't get cute there. You don't get cute with a quarterback."
Gettleman explained that he watched Jones in the Senior Bowl this past season and after having only watched three possessions, he could tell that the Duke QB was who they had to take.
"After the three series I watched, I saw a professional quarterback," Gettleman explained. "So that's when I was in full-blown love."
Giants fans can only hope that Gettleman is right and that Jones becomes the quarterback the team feels he can be.
Giants Slammed By George R.R. Martin Over Daniel Jones Draft Pick
Martin is a fan of the New York Giants and the Jets.
Game of Thrones is currently in its final season and yesterday, one of the most epic episodes in the show's history finally made it to air. Fans are anxious to see how the story ends, especially after having invested so much time into all of the characters. The story's creator, George R.R. Martin has created an incredible drama, although the drama he seems to be most concerned with these days surrounds the New York Giants. Martin is an avid New York football fan and yes that means he cheers for both the Jets and the Giants.
The Giants shocked the football world by choosing Daniel Jones with their sixth overall pick and Martin was about as confused as Joe Budden about the whole thing.
"[Jones] would have been there at 17," Martin wrote on his blog. "Why not take Josh Allen or one of the other defensive studs at 6, and Jones at 17? Makes much more sense. Who else was going to nab him? The Skins? The Skins preferred Haskins, that was common knowledge. Everyone in the world except the G-Men preferred Haskins, so far as I can see."
Martin then went on to write about the team's 17th overall pick, Dexter Lawrence, who they got as part of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. Needless to say, Martin is not impressed.
"[Lawrence] sounds like [former Giants defensive tackle] Snacks Harrison to me," Martin explained. "Who the Giants cut in mid-season because… ahem… 'all he did' was stop the run, he didn’t get sacks. After his release, Big Blue spent the rest of the season getting gashed by runs right up the gut. Had to fix that. So to fill the Snacks hole, we draft Young Snacks. All it cost us was a Hall of Fame receiver."
Jones will have to do a lot if he wants to please the Giants fan base who already hates him. An interesting season is definitely upon us.
Giants Justify Bizarre Draft Pick With Eli Manning "Three-Year Plan"
General manager Dave Gettleman is happy with the team's sixth overall pick.
The New York Giants confused everybody, particularly Joe Budden when they announced their sixth overall pick on Thursday night. Instead of picking a proven quarterback like Dwayne Haskins, the Giants decided to be the Giants and picked Daniel Jones from Duke. Fans were upset about the pick and justifiably so. Jones could always turn out to be a legendary player but based on the scouting reports, that's not exactly in the cards right now.
Regardless, the Giants seem pretty stoked about their pick, with General Manager Dave Gettleman likening their situation to that of the Green Bay Packers when they had both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
“Maybe we’re going to be the Green Bay model where [Aaron] Rodgers sat for three years,” Gettleman said perthe New York Post. “Who knows? It’s one of those deals where it doesn’t make a difference what position it is. You can never have too many good players at one position.”
Despite all the chatter around Jones and whether or not he's a good quarterback, Gettleman seems pretty confident that they got the best player possible.
“It’s a wonderful thing when need and value match,” Gettleman said. “We’re thrilled to get Daniel. He was up there with everybody else on our board in terms of value. He is just perfect for us. We really believe in this kid. We really believe he’s gonna be a nice—not a nice—a real quality quarterback for us, for our franchise.”
What are your feelings on the Giants controversial draft choice?