Eli Manning to remain Giants starter for at least one more week
Eli Manning will get the opportunity to play at least one more — and perhaps final — home game for the New York Giants, as a source has indicated the veteran quarterback will start Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.
Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones managed to return to practice this week, but evidently did not show enough improvement in his recovery from a high ankle sprain suffered two weeks ago for the Giants to risk putting him on the field.
Manning returned to action for the first time since his benching after Week 2 in Monday night’s road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. While the 38-year-old helped stake the Giants to a 17-3 halftime lead, the Eagles battled back to win the game by a score of 23-17 in overtime. Manning went 15-of-30 for 203 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the loss.
The Giants clearly have moved on from Manning by all but completely committing to Jones as their quarterback of the future after selecting him with the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The likely only sure thing about Manning’s uncertain NFL future is that he will not be back with the Giants in 2020. That said, Manning indicated after Monday’s loss that he won’t make a decision about his career until “probably next year” at some point.
Interestingly, Manning’s wife traveled to watch her husband play on Monday night, breaking a longstanding tradition of avoiding attending road games in Philadelphia. Manning’s explanation for why she did is a potentially ominous sign of where he is in deliberations about his future.
“Hadn’t played in a few months,” Manning said, per ESPN. “I don’t know if I’m gonna play again. So it was pretty obvious why it was important.”
It obviously remains to be seen what comes next for Manning, but at the very least he will be able to play in front of Giants fans for perhaps the last time in the uniform he’s donned for the past 16 seasons.