New York Giants bench Eli Manning for Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones, New York Giants (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

It appears as if the New York Giants have moved onto the Daniel Jones era after benching Eli Manning on Tuesday, so where do they go from here?

With the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected quarterback, Daniel Jones out of Duke University. This was a pick that just about everyone hated and the Giants were scrutinized by everyone from fans to experts to media personnel.

They were criticized for various reasons, whether it be because they took Jones at all, because they took Jones over other players such as Dwayne Haskins or because they took Jones with the sixth pick when he might’ve been available at 17 where they had another pick.

Nonetheless, the Giants took Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick over players such as Josh Allen, Dwayne Haskins, and Ed Oliver. Now, Jones will get the chance to start for the Giants in the third game of the season, which is a bit sooner than some may have thought.

So does this mean the Eli Manning era is officially over in New York?

Yes, it looks as if Eli Manning’s time is up with the Giants. Two seasons ago Manning was benched which meant his streak of 210 consecutive games started would come to an end. Since that game in 2017, Manning has started each of the 22 games the Giants have played.

That streak will be coming to an end on Sunday. In his two games so far this season, Manning has thrown for 556 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions with a 62.9% completion percentage.

The yardage and completion percentage aren’t horrible, but having a 1-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio is horrendous. If you add this to his stats last season when he threw for 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a completion percentage of 66%, you have 18 games with pretty bad stats.

The Giants have decided to move on from Manning in hopes of righting the ship after getting off to an 0-2 start. The Giants’ next five games are against the Buccaneers, Redskins, Vikings, Patriots, and Cardinals. Out of those five games, four of them are winnable, with the lone exception being the game against New England, where it appears as if the Giants won’t have much of a shot.

These next five games are crucial, and if the Giants come out of it without at least 2-3 wins it would be a major disappointment and the rest of the season would be all downhill from there.

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Because these next five games are so crucial, the Giants have decided that it is in the teams best interest to go with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Whether or not this means that Eli Manning’s career in New York is over, is something that we will have to wait and see.