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Pat Shurmur ambiguous about Giants’ Week 1 starting QB

Pat Shurmur weighed in Tuesday on how Eli Manning and Daniel Jones are fairing in the New York Giants offseason program, and the head coach’s ambiguous comments at least hint at a potential quarterback controversy.

The Giants have long stressed that Manning is the team’s starting quarterback — not only next season but perhaps longer than that — with Jones serving as the veteran signal-caller’s understudy.

When asked if there is an open QB competition in the offing, Shurmur seemed to indicate as much without explicitly stating it.

“I think we’re going to play the very best player,” Shurmur said after Tuesday’s OTA session, via NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo. “I know we’re dancing around the words there. Eli is getting ready to have a great year and Daniel is getting ready to play. We’ll see what happens with it.”

Shurmur, not to mention Giants general manager Doug Gettleman, have consistently downplayed the notion that Jones will be expected to play in 2019, with the latter previously arguing the notion that Manning is washed up is based upon a “false narrative” and that the veteran’s spot on top of the depth chart is secure.

Shurmur’s comments Tuesday, however, at least appear to give the impression the narrative on that front may be changing.

“The players that give our team the best chance to win play. That’s Period,” Shurmur said. “We’ve seen Eli do that for a very long time, so we’ll see what happens as we go down the road.”

That said, Shurmur also insisted that as of right now, Manning “is the starter.” Jones, Shurmur added, is “fighting, getting ready to play.”

So much can change for the Giants at the quarterback position given it’s not even training camp yet, so it remains to be seen how things will play out. Still, both Manning and Jones are saying all the right things despite the evident uncomfortable situation.

How both QBs would handle things should Jones supplant Manning as the Giants starting quarterback at any point ahead of the season, though, might be another story.