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Giants’ Daniel Jones wants to follow in Eli Manning’s footsteps

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Eli Manning has hung ’em up. On Friday, he officially announced his retirement from the NFL. The New York Giants will now turn to Daniel Jones to usher in a new era of Big Apple football.

Manning won two Super Bowls as the starting quarterback of the Giants. It’s now Jones’ turn to try to do so the same. The second-year quarterback recognizes that and wants to emulate Manning’s accomplishments with the Giants.

“As a guy who grew up watching him and really, really looking up to him — and the opportunity to come to work with him and learn from him and be on the field with him was probably the best learning, growing experience I could have had in my first year,’’ Jones said via Paul Schwartz of the New York Pos. “When you look at his career, when you look at what he’s accomplished, how long he played, the level he played, I think that’s certainly what you aspire to accomplish, aspire your career to look like. Yeah, I certainly have the goal to play a long time and accomplish a lot of the things he’s accomplished.’’

Jones has similarities with Manning, most notably, he was taught by the same coach in college, David Cutcliffe. He’s often told how much they are alike in demeanor and appearances.

The Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. In 12 starts as a rookie the Duke product passing for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on a 61.9% completion rate. New York went 3-9 when Jones started.

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