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Ryan Clark says Giants should start Daniel Jones if they want to compete

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Quarterback Daniel Jones was impressive on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, and Ryan Clark on ESPN’s First Take said if the team is serious about making a run for the Super Bowl, he needs to start.

As part of Clark’s argument, he brings up when the Seattle Seahawks signed Matt Flynn to a big contract but quickly benched him for rookie Russell Wilson. Adam Schefter didn’t agree with the argument and said there is quite the difference between benching Flynn and benching Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

The stats have looked good for Jones so far going 25-30 for 396 yards and two touchdowns. He has gotten some reps with some of the first-teamers during the games and the game doesn’t look too big for him.

After Thursday’s victory coach Pat Shurmur said that when Jones is called on to play, he has confidence that he will be ready.

“I’ve said it all along — Daniel, when it’s his time to play is gonna be ready,” coach Pat Shurmur said via the New York Post, “and we’re gonna continue to get him ready. We got a couple of weeks left before we play Dallas.”

The plan still seems to be that Manning will be the starting quarterback against the Dallas Cowboys, but if he struggles and with the way Jones has played there is going to be a lot of chatter about how a change needs to be made. Maybe that’s when Clark will get his wish and Jones will be the starting quarterback in the Big Apple.