Giants players downplay Daniel Jones drama, rally around Eli Manning
There’s a storm raging over the New York Giants’ controversial decision to select Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but inside the locker room, all the drama is nothing more than a blip on the radar.
Despite the Giants using such a high draft pick on Jones — a move that quickly became the source of consternation, if not mock and ridicule — Eli Manning remains the team’s quarterback of the present, if not even further into the near future.
Giants players appear to be inclined to follow the script as laid out by management by continuing to rally around and remain loyal to the embattled veteran quarterback.
“Nah, you don’t say anything. He doesn’t say anything. He comes into work every single day,” Giants safety and captain Michael Thomas said this week of how Manning is handling the arguably uncomfortable situation, via ESPN. “So, nah, Daniel Jones is one of our teammates now. If he can help us win, he’ll help us win like every other draft pick.”
“It’s a little shock [drafting a quarterback at No. 6], but the Giants at the end of the day are going to make the decision that they believe is going to put them in the best position moving forward in the future,” added tight end Scott Simonson. “I still have all the faith in Eli. And this is Eli’s team. But it’s a business.”
Jones has attempted to downplay the drama, saying he can’t “afford to really focus” on such distractions as he learns the ropes from Manning. At some point — especially if Manning struggles and blows up the Giants’ best-laid plans — the situation will become much more than a mere distraction that can be downplayed.
Given the significant investment the Giants already have in Jones solely by where the team took him in the draft, the organization has by default declared him the quarterback of the future. Whether that’s for better or worse remains to be seen, but Giants players appear to believe that issue needs to be settled at some point in the future, not now.