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Over/under for Daniel Jones’ starts as a rookie placed at 4.5

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The New York Giants supposedly have no plans to play Daniel Jones as a rookie. Don’t tell that to Las Vegas, though, which clearly believes the most controversial pick of the 2019 NFL Draft will get the opportunity to prove his doubters wrong as a starter this season.

Online sportsbook BetOnline.ag currently places the over-under on games Jones will start during his debut campaign at 4.5, with a dual money line of -120.

That expectation flies in the face of everything New York has indicated since making the Duke University product the sixth overall pick of the draft. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman even went so far as to suggest that Jones, like Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers before him, could sit behind Eli Manning for multiple seasons as the future Hall-of-Famer’s career slowly comes to a close.

“Absolutely not. Absolutely not,” he said the day after the first round, per NFL.com’s Kevin Patra, when asked if 2019 would be Manning’s final year as New York’s starter. “Maybe we’re going to be the Green Bay model. Where (Aaron) Rodgers sat for three years. Who knows? You can never have too many good players at one position.”

Manning, for his part, has stayed mum in the aftermath of the Giants selecting the player meant to replace him as their franchise quarterback. His father, Archie, believes Manning will be a “good mentor” for Jones.

In Jones’ senior season at Duke, his third as a starter, he threw for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while completing 60.5 percent of his passes.

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