Report: Eli Manning spotted mentoring Davis Webb the day after benching
Eli Manning was unceremoniously benched by the New York Giants on Tuesday. Manning demonstrated about as much class as humanly possible on the day he was replaced by Geno Smith, although he did become quite emotional when discussing the move.
While Manning earned deserved praise for how he conducted himself on Tuesday, the Giants veteran signal-caller arguably took things to a remarkable level on Wednesday after reportedly being spotted mentoring Davis Webb, who is also expected to see some action in the coming weeks.
David Diehl, a Manning friend and former teammate who won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2008, took to Twitter to report on what he had witnessed.
@BobPapa_NFL & I just took a break from our radio show to grab a coffee to see only 2 @Giants players in the cafeteria. It was Eli Manning sitting next to Davis Webb mentoring him #Respect #Character #Selfless
— David Diehl (@davediehl66) November 29, 2017
Diehl, now an NFL analyst for CBS Sports who spent 11 seasons with the Giants, 10 of them with Manning as starter, was among several in the NFL community — not to mention New York tabloids — who harshly criticized the move to bench Manning.
I'm absolutely speechless. I've watched every game & have sat through this rough @Giants season & this what you do to a man who has lead this team for 210 straight games
— David Diehl (@davediehl66) November 28, 2017
Davis, meanwhile, has expressed extreme gratitude for the manner in which Manning has handled the demotion, even before what occurred on Wednesday morning.
“Today was pretty big,” Webb said of what he’d learned from Manning, via Pro Football Talk. “The way he handled himself, the way he handled himself in front of his teammates, myself and Geno included, he was first class. He was very supportive, he’s ready to help us win a game.
“I’ve learned something from him every day and I’ve really written them down and I’ve really taken upon myself to kind of – I’ve always kind of idolized Eli and there’s so many quarterbacks I watched growing up, but to kind of be his teammate and see how he does every single day. His routine didn’t change today and he’s a heck of a teammate, he’s the best quarterback in this franchise’s history.”
It goes without saying Manning’s classy gesture on Wednesday morning only furthers Davis’ admiration for an individual who arguably has every right to recede into the shadows instead of showing him the ropes.