Eli on Daniel Jones: ‚Don’t feel like it’s a competition‘
New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur’s closing words before breaking up for the summer indicated Big Blue would nurture a quarterback competition between Eli Manning and rookie Daniel Jones when training camp opens.
The comments surprised many after the Giants insisted all spring that Manning remained prepared to start another season.
Manning himself isn’t affected by Shurmur alluding to a QB contest. At the Manning Passing Academy, Eli informed NFL Network’s Rhett Lewis Friday that he does not believe he’s fighting Jones to maintain his job.
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„I mean no, I don’t feel like it’s a contest,“ Manning said in an interview which will air on NFL Network’s Total Access Friday night. „I feel like I have to do my job and I’ve got to compete every day and attempt to get better every day. That’s how it has been my whole life and that’s just the way I’ve always approached practice each day to improve, to make my place on the team, to make the respect of their teammates and take action annually.“
Manning doesn’t consider Jones contest and said he has no difficulty nurturing a rookie QB that the Giants expect will become the next franchise signal-caller.
„We’ve got new guys and I am attempting to build a connection with them and get them up to speed and so I am attempting to do my job in the quarterback room,“ Manning said. „I’ve always been good with young quarterbacks, whomever has been in there, trying to get them up to speed, teaching them about defenses or styles or what our defense performs. So I am doing the identical thing with Daniel and I’m likely to be a good teammate, I am going to do the very best that I can do and help everybody on the Giants be prosperous.“
Manning’s dismissal of a supposed QB contest similarly echoes Jones‘ response to Shurmur’s comments, once the rookie said he had been told by trainers he’d have a opportunity to start.
Whether or not it’s a full-blown competition, the reps each QB gets when training camp opens on July 24 will be carefully monitored. A buzz will begin if Jones gets repetitions with the 1s early in camp, but Manning doesn’t seem concerned about that possibility.
Manning noticed that he remembers his own“contest“ with Kurt Warner back in 2004 — the veteran began the first half of the season before Big Blue turned into Manning to the final seven tilts.
„Definitely drawing back on that and I speak to Daniel and I see so many similarities in the situation and the way things are going and just what he is trying to perform, his character,“ Manning said. „He’s coming into this team, he’s just trying to understand the playbook, learn the names of everyone, got to make the admiration of his teammates. He’s got so much going on. He has got the New York media, dealing with themall of a sudden they are saying matters Day 1. … So just work hard, take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously — if you can do that — like your teammates, listen to your coaches and we are all in this together and we will get through it“
Manning also admitted he’s seen the memes suggesting Jones is a facsimile of himself, and noticed their personalities are similar as rookies.
„I see it,“ Manning explained. „He’s a good kid, he’s quiet and he’s only hoping to understand, get a good sense of when to allow his character come out. I was the exact same way. My rookie year I was not going to say Tiki Barber, Michael Strahan, you got these big characters — I am going to keep my mouth shut, be on time, work my tail off at the weight space, ask my questions to the trainer after the meeting is over and also make sure I know what I am doing before inform Tiki what his path is or I tell Amani Toomer,’Hey, I don’t believe you did this right.‘ You got to earn the respect. You have to have struck in the mouth a couple of days and wake up… before you do a great deal of speaking.“
Grab Manning’s interview Friday night on NFL Total Access at 7 p.m. ET.
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