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Giants’ Eli Manning shares advice to Daniel Jones ahead of his first career start

The New York Giants have decided to make a change at quarterback, going from Eli Manning to rookie Daniel Jones ahead of the team’s Week 3 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Manning has taken his benching in stride, and while he said he is “disappointed” by losing his job, he says he will mentor Jones as best as he can, and he has obviously not lost his sense of humor.

When asked about what his main advice was to Jones before his first NFL start, Manning had this to say:

“Throw it to the guy wearing the same jersey as you are,” said Manning, according to Kimberly Jones of NFL.com. “Simple.”

It’s certainly an odd feeling in New York, as aside from an isolated game in 2017 where Manning was inexplicably benched in favor of Geno Smith before regaining his job as the starter the following week, the 38-year-old has been under center for the Giants since taking over for Kurt Warner midway through the 2004 campaign.

Since then, Manning has gone on to lead New York to a pair of Super Bowl titles, winning Super Bowl MVP honors both times.

But now, it appears that Manning’s time with the Giants is coming to an end. His contract is up at the end of the season, and Big Blue has turned the page by handing the reins over to Jones, whom the club drafted sixth overall back in April.

It seems like Manning will carry himself with the same grace and class on the bench as he did as the starter for a decade-and-a-half.