Three weeks into the season, the New York Giants announced on Tuesday that 38-year-old QB Eli Manning will be benched in favor of rookie Daniel Jones.
Coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement, “Eli and I spoke this morning, I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games.” He added, “This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli.”
The Giants are 0-2 to start the season, losing to the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills. Manning completed 56 of 89 passes for 556 yards in those games, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Since Manning’s second Super Bowl win the team has made the playoffs only once, losing in the first round in 2016.
Jones will begin on Sunday in Tampa, Fla., against the Buccaneers.
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