New York Giants: Draft might not be best option for new QB – Part 2

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Matthew Stafford would be an ideal choice to succeed Manning as the New York Giants quarterback.

How could he not be? Stafford is a classic drop-back passer who moves well within the pocket and has a cannon attached to his right shoulder. If I’m Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur, those are the attributes I’m looking for in a quarterback.

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The former first overall draft pick in 2009 has thrown for 38,526 yards and 237 touchdowns in his career. Last season he threw for 3777 yards. That was the fewest since 2011. Considering the Lions had no running game for defenders to worry about and his favorite receiver Golden Tate was traded mid-way through the season, that was pretty good.

There have been rumors that Lions head coach Matt Patricia doesn’t want to put his career in the hands of Stafford. Patricia prefers someone who analyzes and prepares like the quarterback he had when he was an assistant coach in New England. If it were that easy to find the next Tom Brady, someone would have done it by now.

Should Detroit go through with this plan, they can have the New York Giants 2019 first round pick (and a few other picks as well). It was only a few years ago that Stafford to Calvin Johnson was magic. Imagine what he could do with OBJ.

Stafford has Manning-like durability, the Lions signal-caller hasn’t missed a game since 2011. His age, 31, is a concern, but he’s got a good four or five years in him. Barkley is a bell-cow back, but that job has a limited shelf-life. Matt Stafford gives Big Blue the best chance to maximize their offensive stars for the next half-decade.

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What do you think? Who should be the next New York Giants quarterback?