New York Giants: Post-draft quarterback breakdown

Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The New York Giants were the surprise of the draft, choosing Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the number six pick.

The quarterback position is a direct reflection of where this team currently stands. Trying to transition away from the good days of Super Bowl 42 and 46 and into the next Big Blue era with Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones leading the way.

Now that the shock of the G-Men selecting Jones with the number six pick has worn off, it’s time to dissect how the team moves forward. Having Eli Manning and Daniel Jones on the roster would indicate that the team would just naturally hand off the reins from one quarterback to his successor.

We’ve seen the Giants draft other quarterbacks in recent years. Ryan Nassib, David Carr, and Kyle Lauletta to name a few, but they were only there to serve as Manning’s backup. Drafting Jones is different. The team has finally come to terms that the Manning era is really coming to an end and the team picked the quarterback they fell in love with.

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It’s not surprising the Giants went with a quarterback during the first round of this year’s draft. Anyone who followed draft rumors up to the minute knew about the New York Giants fondness of Jones was not surprising. The ex-Duke Blue Devil was compared to both Eli and his brother Peyton Manning before the draft.

The move happened sooner than some people might believe. Offensive coordinator Mike Shula believes Jones could be ready week one if for some reason Manning is not able to go.

Although, don’t look too into Shula’s statement. At the team’s first voluntary workout, Jones worked out as QB3 behind Manning and Alex Tanney. Kyle Lauletta is currently sidelined with a knee injury. The team has already said that Manning is their starter and they believe he can still win games for the team.

Not only win games now, but GM Dave Gettleman believes the 38-year-old, has several more good season left in the tank. He’s quite content to let Jones learn behind the future Hall of Fame quarterback for several years.

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It’s all coming full circle for Manning and the New York Giants. Manning made his NFL debut during the 2004 season when starting quarterback Kurt Warner went 5-4 in the team’s first nine games. Head coach Tom Coughlin brought Manning in, who struggled to start his career but turned it around and never looked back.