New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur’s closing words before breaking 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 following the Giants insisted all spring that Manning remained primed to begin a second season.
Manning himself is not affected by Shurmur alluding to a QB competition. In the Manning Passing Academy, Eli told NFL Network’s Rhett Lewis Friday that he does not think he’s fighting Jones to maintain his job.
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“I mean no, I do not feel like it’s a contest,” Manning said in an interview which will air on NFL Network’s Total Access Friday night. “I really feel like I have to do my job and I have got to compete daily and try to get better each day. That’s how it has been my whole life and that’s only the way I’ve always approached training every day to enhance, to earn my place on the team, to make the esteem of their teammates and take action annually.”
Manning does not consider Jones contest and said he has no issue nurturing a rookie QB that the Giants expect will turn into another franchise signal-caller.
“We have got new guys and I’m trying to build a connection together and get them up to speed so I am attempting to do my job from the quarterback space,” Manning explained. “I’ve always been great with young quarterbacks, whomever has been in there, trying to get them up to speed, educating them about defenses or styles or exactly what our defense performs. So I’m doing the identical thing with Daniel and I’m going to be a good teammate, I’m going to do the best I can do and help everyone on the Giants be prosperous.”
Manning’s dismissal of a supposed QB competition similarly echoes Jones’ reaction to Shurmur’s remarks, once the rookie said he’d not been told by coaches he would have a chance to get started.
Whether it’s a full-blown competition, the repetitions each QB gets when training camp opens July 24 will be closely tracked. A buzz will begin if Jones gets repetitions with all the 1s early in camp, but Manning does not seem worried about that possibility.
Manning noted that he recalls his own”competition” with Kurt Warner back in 2004 — the veteran began the first half of this season before Big Blue turned to Manning for the last seven tilts.
“Definitely drawing back on this and that I talk to Daniel and I see many similarities in the situation and the way things are going and just what he’s attempting to do, his character,” Manning explained. “He is coming into this group, he’s only hoping to understand the playbook, find out the names of everybody, got to make the admiration of his teammates. He’s got so much happening. He’s got the New York media, coping with them; all of a sudden they’re saying matters Day 1. … So only work hard, take your work seriously, but do not take yourself too seriously — if you’re able to do this — like your teammates, listen to your coaches and we’re all in this together and we’ll get through it.”
Manning also confessed he has seen the memes suggesting Jones is a facsimile of himself, also noticed their personalities are like rookies.
“I see it,” Manning said. “He is a fantastic kid, he is silent and he is just hoping to understand, get a fantastic feel for when to allow his personality come out. I was the exact same way. My newcomer I wasn’t going to say — Tiki Barber, Michael Strahan, you got these big personalities — I am just going to keep my mouth closed, be on time, work my tail off at the weight space, ask my questions to the trainer after the interview is over and also make sure I understand what I’m doing before tell Tiki what his route is or I tell Amani Toomer,’Hey, I don’t think you did that right.’ You got to earn the respect. You have to have struck in the mouth a few days and wake up… before you do a great deal of talking.”
Grab Manning’s interview Friday night on NFL Total Access at 7 p.m. ET.
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