The juxtaposition was jarring, at the same time as Giants coach Pat Shurmur insisted Friday that “nothing has modified’’ concerning the pecking order at quarterback, which stays Eli Manning because the starter and Daniel Jones because the backup.
The preseason opener confirmed a quick glimpse of Manning and a barely extra prolonged view of Jones, certainly not sufficient to warrant any sea change on the depth chart. But the one cross Manning tried in his three snaps on the sector and the 5 passes Jones competed in his eight snaps present a distinction that may imply little now, however may achieve relevance later.
Jones went 5-for-5 in Thursday evening’s 31-22 victory over the Jets and distributed the ball to nearly all corners of the turf. He stored his eyes up and his sightlines clear on a toss to the left that changed into a 31-yard completion to Cody Latimer. He impressed his teammates immensely on a gutsy throw into the tip zone for a 12-yard scoring strike to Bennie Fowler.
There was no hesitation in any respect from Jones.
Shurmur gave Manning one sequence and hoped it might last more. The primary play, a bootleg, resulted in a brief flip to tight finish Scott Simonson, who was dropped by linebacker Brandon Copeland for a three-yard achieve. Two Wayne Gallman runs produced just one yard, and the Giants punted the ball away.
Did Manning get all he may have out of his time on the sector? Followers who as soon as adored Manning have grown weary of check-downs. Slightly than accept a modest achieve to Simonson, Manning may need been in a position to hit his different tight finish, Rhett Ellison, past the first-down marker.
“Actually quarterbacks are at all times making an attempt to maintain their eyes downfield,’’ Shurmur stated. “So we received a completion. You can make the case he may have thrown the ball down the sector to Rhett. However you progress the chains and you progress on.’’
The Giants didn’t transfer the chains on that sequence, and Manning took his place on the sideline.
“He’s our starter, and I feel it’s vital he performed to a point,’’ Shurmur stated. “The thought was to not go three-and-out. The thought was to go on a scoring drive.’’
When the Giants return to apply on Sunday, Manning will proceed to work with the beginning offense, a job Shurmur continues to emphasize, however not assure, Manning will fill Sept. eight within the regular-season opener towards the Cowboys.
“Hear, we’re not going to play the what-ifs,’’ Shurmur stated. “I’d say this: Nothing has modified. This was the primary sport. I count on Daniel to play nicely. I count on him to exit and enhance, and for the people who don’t know him, impress them. Our expectations for him haven’t modified. In my thoughts, that state of affairs has not modified.’’
There’s an urge for food for exposing Jones to as a lot as doable — Shurmur is very concerned with having Jones run a two-minute drill this summer time. As polished because the Giants consider Jones to be, he’s nonetheless an NFL novice, whereas Manning has a sophisticated diploma.
On Jones’ very first snap, he vastly benefited from having somebody by his aspect able to recognizing a mistake and making the mandatory correction. That somebody was Gallman, the third-year working again who began rather than Saquon Barkley.
“He may have gotten killed,’’ Gallman stated, referring to Jones. “I needed to save him.’’
Jones took the sector and instantly blew the safety name. Ellison was positioned on the proper aspect of the road, and Jones did not alert Ellison to come back in movement to assist fortify the left aspect.
Left deal with Nate Solder blocked inside on Quinnen Williams, leaving outdoors linebacker Jordan Jenkins with what for an immediate was a transparent lane to Jones. Gallman acknowledged one thing was amiss and slid over, rapidly, to place a block on the 259-pound Jenkins, impeding his progress sufficient to permit Jones to finish a five-yard cross to Latimer.
Psychological errors would possibly go unseen outdoors the circle, however inside it, they’re the explanation there’s a reluctance to place most rookie quarterbacks on the sector earlier than they’re primed to make the correct calls.
“In my thoughts, that’s the sport throughout the sport,’’ Shurmur stated. “There’s numerous issues that occur behind the scenes that we definitely have in mind on a regular basis with all of the gamers.’’
The expertise issue means Manning begins. How rapidly Jones can slim the hole will decide what comes subsequent.