Pat Shurmur: ‘Slow your roll’ on notion of Giants QB controversy
Daniel Jones played outstanding, albeit in limited action, during the New York Giants’ 31-22 victory over the New York Jets in his NFL preseason debut on Thursday night. That does not mean there is anything close to resembling a potential quarterback controversy, though, so says Giants head coach Pat Shurmur.
In his one series of action, the rookie Jones went 5-for-5 for 67 yards and a touchdown.
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Jones’ solid series followed incumbent starting quarterback Eli Manning leading the offense to a three-and-out.
The nature of exhibition football obviously does not allow for conclusive analysis regarding any player, and Shurmur made it clear Jones’ solid outing matters little at this stage when it comes to the Giants’ evaluation process regarding the quarterback position.
“I think, ‘Slow your roll,'” Shurmur said, via CBS Sports. “This is just his first go around. I think he did a good job. As I mentioned, all along he has done nothing to disappoint us, and certainly when you take the team down the field and score a touchdown, that’s a good start. It’s something good to build on. We have a lot of time left before we start playing games. Nothing at this point has changed.”
The Giants have long insisted that Manning is the team’s starting quarterback, with Jones serving as the veteran signal-caller’s understudy.
Further, Shurmur, not to mention Giants general manager Doug Gettleman, have consistently downplayed the notion that Jones will be expected to play in 2019.
That said, the Giants’ decision to take Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft elicited jeers, if not mock and ridicule, so the organization may be motivated to usher Jones along faster than planned in an effort to prove the naysayers wrong.
Shurmur was ambiguous at points during offseason activities about who the Giants will start at quarterback in Week 1. If Jones continues to outplay Manning in the preseason, the Giants may indeed have a quarterback controversy on their hands whether they like it or not.