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Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones officially listed as backup to Eli Manning

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No one expected Daniel Jones to start for the New York Giants in Week 1, but he is going to be active on Sunday. The Giants have officially listed the rookie quarterback as their backup quarterback to Eli Manning.

“He’s ready to go,” Shurmur said of Jones, per Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams. “If he has to go in and play, he’s ready to go. Excuse my weird face when you asked that question. It seems pretty obvious.”

When New York surprisingly drafted Jones with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, fans in the Big Apple were skeptical of the selection. During the preseason, the Duke product was able to provide some optimism for those fans by completing 29 of his 34 attempts for 416 yards and two touchdowns in four exhibition contests.

Despite the impressive showing in the preseason, Manning will remain the team’s starting quarterback – for now. The veteran is entering his 16th season as the starter but he will need to perform well to maintain his job for the entirety of the season.

Over the past few seasons, Manning has noticeably begun to decline with 145 total turnovers since 2013, the most in the NFL over that span. There’s no doubt that New York drafted Jones with the intention for him to be the eventual replacement for Manning.

With Jones being named the team’s backup, third-string quarterback Alex Tanney will be made inactive against the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. Jones will likely make his first career start this season, but for now, he will have to stand on the sidelines waiting for his opportunity.