Giants coach Pat Shurmur leaves the door open for Daniel Jones to start in Week 3
Could the New York Giants already be preparing to make a change under center?
Following an ugly Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills that put the Giants in an 0-2 hole, head coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday that New York could consider benching Eli Manning for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
“We’re gonna talk about everything moving forward. I think that’s fair at this point,” said Shurmur, according to Pat Leonard of The New York Daily News. “To this point what we’ve done hasn’t been good enough.”
Through two games, Manning has thrown for 556 yards, a couple of touchdowns and a pair of interceptions while completing 62.9 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 78.7.
The 38-year-old was actually impressive in the Giants’ Week 1 loss against the Dallas Cowboys, completing 30 of his 44 passes for 306 yards and a score, but he posted ugly numbers on Sunday, going 26-for-45 with 250 yards, a touchdown, and two picks.
New York’s situation at quarterback became a hot topic of discussion after Big Blue’s first preseason game when Daniel Jones completed all four of his passes.
The Giants did not want to jump to conclusions at that point, but Jones continued his impressive play throughout the remainder of New York’s exhibition contests, which generated some momentum toward him potentially starting at some point early in the season.
The general consensus has always been that if the Giants fell out of playoff contention, Jones would have a shot of replacing Manning, and after two games, it seems obvious New York is far from being a postseason contender.