Giants Bench Eli Manning, Elevate Daniel Jones to Starting QB
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning's run as the starting quarterback for the New York Giants appears to be over after almost 15 years. Rookie Daniel Jones is taking over, beginning Sunday on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Tuesday.
"Eli and I spoke this morning," Coach Pat Shurmur said in a release by the team. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. 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. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday."
Jones was the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft, out of Duke. He had a strong spring and summer, completing 85.3 percent of his passes in the preseason with two touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Manning, 38, has made a franchise record 232 starts since replacing Kurt Warner in November 2004, during Manning's rookie season. He has collected a pair of Super Bowl MVPs and rewritten the franchise record book during a 16-season run.
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