Is it time for the Giants to start Daniel Jones over Eli Manning in Week 3?
The New York Giants have gotten off to an 0-2 start this season, and they don’t appear to be showing any signs that the will improve as the 2019 campaign progresses.
Their defense stinks, their coaching has been questionable, and their offense has mustered just 31 points over the first two games.
While the Giants have a litany of problems that can’t be solved with any one solution, the main change that everyone is wondering when New York will make is under center.
Eli Manning is 38 years old, and his best days are clearly behind him. He actually looked impressive in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys, completing 30 of his 44 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown, but he followed that up by going 26-for-45 with 250 yards, a touchdown, and a couple of interceptions against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
In Manning’s defense, the Giants’ receiving corps has been ravaged by injuries and suspensions, but his performance on Sunday afternoon was right in line with how inconsistent he has been for the last two seasons.
Of course, New York drafted Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick back in April, and thanks to a brilliant preseason, there was a small faction who felt that Jones could challenge for the opening-day job.
That was never a realistic scenario, but with the Giants struggling and not even resembling a playoff contender, it might be time for New York to seriously consider making the switch, and Pat Shurmur has left the door open heading into Week 3.
Let me just say this: if I were in Shurmur’s shoes, I wouldn’t do it just yet. We are only two games into the season, and the Giants have the New England Patriots on tap on Oct. 10.
I would give it until after the Patriots game to make that decision, as I am not in love with the idea of sending Jones out there against a Bill Belichick-coached squad, and in Foxborough, no less.
But I do think that at some point this season, Jones has to start.
Unless the Giants suddenly turn things around (which does not look all that probable), Big Blue would be doing itself a disservice if it didn’t give Jones some starts.
Again, I’m not on board with it happening as soon as Week 3, because I think that’s too early. While New York looks terrible, they isn’t completely out of it yet. While the schedule doesn’t exactly become softer in mid-October, at least the Pats will be out of the way.
One thing is for sure, though: the Eli Manning era is coming to a close, and my goodness, that was a quick 16 years.