Door Open For Giants Rookie QB

September 17th, 2019

Will he start?

With a chance Monday to slam the door shut on speculation that New York will start rookie quarterback Daniel Jones against the Bucs Sunday, Giants coach Pat Shurmur did just the opposite.

In so many words, Shurmur told the New York pen and mic club yesterday he will think about benching franchise icon Eli Manning.

The Giants are 0-2, which is a borderline death knell for a team to make the playoffs, and the Giants believe the game with the Bucs on Sunday is winnable. With long-time starter and two-time Super Bowl-MVP Manning looking like a horse one step from the glue factory, the timing seems ripe for Shurmur and the 0-2 Big Blue to hand the keys of their offense to Jones, writes Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

Shurmur was asked point blank if Manning would be the starter in Tampa on Sunday.

“He’s been our starter to this point and I don’t want to talk about anything else moving forward at this point,” said Shurmur, who added a decision will be made by Wednesday’s practice.

Even Manning is feeling the stagehand walking nearby with the hook.

“Hey, we’re 0-2 and you’re looking for answers,” Manning said. “I get it. When you draft a guy early and you’re not winning games these are going to come up. I just got to keep working and do whatever my job is.”

Jones was drafted No. 6 overall this spring, one pick after the Bucs drafted Devin White. So a quarterback drafted that high on a team circling the drain early in the season sets up a potential change.

Joe has no idea if any of this is just gamesmanship by Shurmur. It might just be a wise ploy to force Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to prepare for two quarterbacks — Manning and Jones — as opposed to just Manning.

Practice for Giants Week with the Bucs begins today at One Buc Palace.

Shurmur, per Schwartz, seemed in indicate, the Giants would reach a decision on who to start at quarterback by Wednesday.

26 Responses to “Door Open For Giants Rookie QB”

  1. BucAllNight Says:

    Bring on the rook they both are FOOD!!

    Let’s get to 2-1 Bucs!!!

  2. Fansince87 Says:

    Matty ice has thrown 5 picks already strange we haven’t heard that he’s getting run out of town

  3. Bucsfanman Says:

    Jones can move. Don’t fall asleep on his mobility. Saw him too many times in ACC take off and run.
    Either way, bring ’em on!

  4. Figures Says:

    Bucs have an opportunity here to be 2-1 despite the offense not really “clicking” like we all thought they would.

    Defense needs to keep playing well and I think they will.

    And “Bad” Jameis needs to not show up. “Decent” Jameis and no int’s needs to be suited up.

    When decent Jameis plays he can be effective. But you never know which Jameis will show up. That’s most of my problem with him.

    But fingers crossed for a Bucs win.

    Why is that strange? Matty Ice is a proven winner. So he’s gonna get the benefit of the doubt. Don’t even try comparing he and Winston.
    It’s not even close to being the same. Matty isn’t wildly inconsistent so no it’s not strange at all.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    Wow, I love it Figures. We now have a ‘Good Jameis’, a ‘Decent Jameis’, and a ‘Bad Jameis’. Brilliant. If we pay one at the end of the year, do we also get the other two as freebies?

  6. Figures Says:


    Sure because inevitably one of the three will show up on any given Sunday.

    I say “decent” Jameis because he doesn’t need to be a hero and be “great” every week.

    And if he ever realizes he doesn’t have to “great” all the time maybe he won’t make as many mistakes.

    Make sense?

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    Funny how the “he threw 5 INTs” crowd decides to try and hijack threads after ONE clean game by Jameis. Before anyone else joins in, do yourself a favor and look up turnovers by QBs since 2015. Hint: It’s not a made up stat nor is it a team stat.
    I know, I know, it’s the defense’s fault…blah, blah, blah…

    Can we stay on point here and hope that Jameis AND THE TEAM play well enough to win games. I could care less about Matt Ryan.
    Daniel Jones moves better than Eli and can create time with his feet. Saw it too often at Duke.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Figures … Yes it does make sense, to us. Problem is that no one pays a ‘decent QB’ the $30-$35 mil that Jameis’ agent will surely be looking for. There are lots of ‘decent QBs’ in the league, but very few elite ones who deserve the big $$$.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I don’t think their QB will matter that much……the Defense needs to stop Barkley & the Offense needs to not turn it over….Bucs Win!!!

  10. Figures Says:


    As most on here would tell you I’m one of the biggest critics of Winston.
    And I agree. He’s not elite enough to warrant 30-35 million.

    People like to say “give him a defense and a running game and he can be successful “

    However most QB’s can win games with a running game and defense.

  11. ClodHopper Says:

    Eli going to pass the torch the same way it was passed to him

    Kurt Warner was playing like ass so they put in the rookie.

  12. Rob Tanner Says: do you have any stats for this rookie, for his pre-season performance(s) if any?

  13. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Historically Bucs have a HORRIBLE record against back up QB’s…careful what you wish for ….

  14. RODNEY ALLEN Says:

    So nobody thinks matty Ice’s ints n his OC r related 🤷‍♂️ how bout the fact that Freeman a proven running back hasnt got 100 yrds combined in two games 🤷‍♂️

  15. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree….

    TB will eat up a rookie QB….

    lets get to 2-1…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  16. danr Says:

    matty ice has thrown five picks in two games- it is an abberation for him. an out-lyer.

    if Jameis did this, it would be confirmation, not an oddity.

  17. BucfaninMi Says:

    Everyone has forgotten, it’s the Bucs. Rookies always have a great game against the Bucs. No matter what era.

  18. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I predict that Eli will start but he will be benched at some point for Jones.

  19. neal Says:

    Hopefully we get Manning. We have a terrible track record against back-up/ rookie QB’s. If we do face Jones and win that will be a huge sign that this D has been turned around.

  20. orlbucfan Says:

    Why am I reading about Matty Ice? This article is about the G-men’s QBs and who will start, not the Fried Falcons.

  21. 1Gr8Buc Says:

    It’s official, Eli is benched.

  22. tickrdr Says:

    For Rob Tanner:

    Jones impressed during preseason action, completing 85.3 percent of his 34 passes for 416 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 12.2 yards-per-attempt average. Fumbles were an issue for the rookie in the preseason (three, losing two), and in his brief appearance in Week 1.


  23. SOEbuc Says:


    Agreed. They’re in between an old struggling QB and a new rookie first gamer. We will see a lot of Saquon. This would scare me to death any other year but I can tell you after two games, if this run defense can hold Barkley to under one-hundred yards, this is by far the best run defense in the NFL.


  24. Mike Johnson Says:

    Just announced Bucs will face the Giants Rookie at QB Sunday. If you know our history, this is not an advantage for us. I would have rather faced Manning. We know him. And this rookie they say..can play. We have a rep for jumpstarting opposing backup QB’s careers. Bucs had better bring it fast and hard baby.

  25. Buc4evr Says:

    Yeah I agree Mike Johnson, the Bucs can make third string scrubs look like HOF quarterbacks. I expect Jones to scramble a lot and make a number of trick plays to keep the D off balance. We need to shut down the run and put max pressure on Jones and make him fumble or throw INTs.

  26. Anonymous Says:

    Going to be an interesting battle. A young man who is an unknown quantity green in his decision making , up against a superb QB with stature, poise, and who has a track record as a leader of men.

    Of course, Jay-Miss is the uknown quantity and can’t compare to Jones. ABW….anyone but Winston ’20.