Pat Shurmur Leaves Door Open for Daniel Jones to Start Week 1 Over Eli Manning

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 25: Daniel Jones of Duke reacts after being chosen #6 overall by the New York Giants during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In a surprising turn of events, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning could be competing for his starting job this offseason.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was asked about the quarterback position on Tuesday, and his answer leaves the door open for No. 6 overall pick Daniel Jones to be the starter come Week 1.

“I think we’re going to play the very best player,” Shurmur said following Tuesday’s OTA practice. “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."

When Shurmur says that Jones is getting himself ready to play, he could simply mean that he wants him to be ready to be on the active roster come Week 1 and ready to play in case of an emergency.

But that's not what he said.

“I think Daniel has had a really good offseason,” Shurmur said. “He’s on track, with the goal of being ready to play Week 1. The quarterback stuff will be on the front-burner for everyone, but he’s on track.”

Shurmur can say that Eli is the starter for the 2019-2020 season, but it appears he's liked what he's seen from Jones and at some point you have to put the best players on the field. If that's Jones, Manning will need to take a backseat no matter what his resume looks like.