The New York Giants announced Tuesday that they’ve named Daniel Jones their starting quarterback for Week 3’s game against the Buccaneers.
“Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time,” Giants HC Pat Shurmur said, per Dan Duggan. “This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli.”
“Eli was obviously disappointed, 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.”
This comes just a day after Shurmur left the door open to a potential quarterback change.
Eli Manning heads to the bench after a disappointing 0-2 start to the season.
Jones, 22, was selected by the Giants with the No. 6 overall pick. He agreed to a four-year, $25,664,056 rookie contract that includes $16,684,768 signing bonus.
The Giants will have a fifth-year option to pick up on Jones in 2022.
During his college career at Duke, Jones threw for, 8,201 yards while completing 59.9 percent of his passes to go along with 52 touchdowns and 29 interceptions over the course of 36 games and three seasons.
Manning, 38, is a former first-round pick of the Chargers back in 2004. He was traded to the Giants during the draft and has spent all 14 years of his career in New York.
Manning is entering the final year of his five-year, $101.5 million contract that included $65 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $11.5 million for the 2019 season.
In 2019, Manning has appeared in two games for the Giants and completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 556 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.