New York Giants: 5 reasons not to start Daniel Jones yet

Eli Manning, and Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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Defense is bad

The Giants defense is awful. If it weren’t for the Miami Dolphins surrender before the 2019 season even began, this could be the worst defensive unit in the NFL. Once a hallmark of great New York Giants teams, the current defense can’t make a stop. They have given up the fifth-most yards per game (441) and an average of 31.5 points per game, which 31st in the league.

Last time anyone checked neither Manning or Jones is a defensive player. Changing quarterbacks at this point won’t fix the big problem, which is on the other side of the ball. Instead of making this move, Giants GM Dave Gettleman should by trying to get All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey from Jacksonville.

Eli has been good

Despite many obstacles, Eli Manning has played pretty well this season. He is 14th in the NFL with 556 passing yards. His total puts him ahead of Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson, Jared Goff, and Aaron Rodgers. Additionally, Manning’s two touchdown passes are 18th, tied with Josh Allen, Joe Flacco, Baker Mayfield (who had lots of help from OBJ) and Goff, which are also better than the zero Cam Newton has thrown so far.

Manning isn’t stinking up the joint when he is in the game. The Giants could have put up another two touchdowns if it weren’t for drops and pass route screw-ups from his wide receivers. For his part, Manning has been available to, and honest with, the media, without pointing fingers. That’s the type of leadership and character that should be leading the offense. Not to mention he has done a very nice job of putting passes where only his receivers could catch them.