Eli Manning once again took a back seat to rookie Daniel Jones for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, but the two New York Giants quarterbacks seemed to really enjoy the overtime victory together.
After the Giants pulled off a thrilling 41-35 OT win in Washington, Manning and Jones returned home and celebrated at the Green Rock Tap & Grill in Hoboken, New Jersey. They made it rain with napkins and played some flip cup together, and Manning seemed awfully proud of the man who took his job.
Never thought I'll see Eli Manning and Daniel Jones partying… but here we are.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 23, 2019
If that’s not being a mentor, we don’t know what is.
Manning has managed to say all the right things about a difficult situation this year, and it’s safe to assume he holds no ill will toward the rookie if he’s out partying with him after games. We don’t know how much Manning has helped Jones in the film room, but the flip cup advice is invaluable.
The Eli Manning era with the New York Giants may be over for real this time.
Daniel Jones has been practicing this week after missing Week 14 and 15 with an ankle injury, and Giants head coach Pat Shurmur announced on Friday that the rookie will start Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.
Daniel Jones will start on Sunday vs. Redskins after missing two games with a high ankle sprain, per Pat Shurmur. Eli Manning back to the bench. #Giants
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) December 20, 2019
Unless Jones gets injured again, that almost certainly means Manning has made his final start as a Giant. If so, he gets to end his career in New York on a high note, having led the team to a 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins at home last week.
Giants fans understood that last week’s game could be Manning’s last under center for the franchise, and the way they greeted him when he took the field is a reflection of that. It’s also worth noting that Manning improved his career record to 117-117 as a starter by leading the Giants to a win over Miami, so he’ll remain at .500 if he never makes another start. That is a legitimate possibility, though there have been rumblings that he wants to continue playing in 2020.
Daniel Jones coughed up another three turnovers in a defeat on Sunday, but his head coach managed a somewhat positive spin on the outing.
After the New York Giants rookie quarterback was intercepted three times in a 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Giants coach Pat Shurmur had something interesting to say about the 22-year-old’s performance. Shumur pointed out that all three of Jones’ turnovers were interceptions and not fumbles, per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
Jones has had some major problems with ball security this season, entering play on Sunday with a league-leading 14 fumbles lost. He did fumble again in the fourth quarter against Green Bay, but it was recovered by the offense, meaning Shurmur was technically right. Still, throwing his ninth, tenth, and eleventh interceptions of the year was obviously less than ideal for Jones.
The now 2-10 Giants were officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss to the Packers, but Shurmur has stood up for Danny Dimes before, and he is not about to stop now.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones hasn’t quite been able to recapture the success of his Week 3 debut as a starter, but that hasn’t put his job in any danger.
Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that there was no consideration to benching Jones and bringing Eli Manning back into the fold, stating that Jones would learn from his current struggles going forward.
Is Pat Shurmur considering a change at QB?
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) October 21, 2019
Jones has thrown at least one touchdown in each of his starts, but he’s also been intercepted at least once in his last four. On Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, he was sacked eight times, though that has less to do with Jones and more to do with his protection.
While the Giants won’t be giving Manning a route back into the starting job right now, they also seem intent on keeping him for the duration of the season. There’s no guarantee that Jones’ status might not change at some point later in the season, but it isn’t right now.
Week 7 of the NFL season brought us more lopsided scores than close games, and some huge games with playoff implications — such as the Cowboys’ victory over the Eagles, the Colts’ win over the Texans, and the Ravens’ win in Seattle. Many teams or individuals failed to get the job done during the week and were big disappointments.
Here’s a look at the 10 biggest disappointments of Week 7.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers
The way this game went, Chargers fans are probably feeling the team may have been better off had Gordon never returned from his holdout. Gordon had just 32 yards on 16 carries. He fumbled twice, including one at the goal line to lose the game. He’s averaging just 2.25 yards per carry since his return. Worse, he’s taking valuable carries away from Austin Ekeler.
The Bears got Mitchell Trubisky back in their 36-25 loss to the Saints, but it didn’t serve as a big improvement over Chase Daniels. The game started with a safety on Chicago’s first possession, then a punt, and then a lost fumble in Bears territory. It was a 12-10 game in the second and then Chicago went totally silent. They had punts on five of their next six possessions and lost a fumble on the other. 17 total rushing yards and two lost fumbles is not a formula for success. It’s no surprise Trubisky got booed as a “welcome back” from the fans.
More bad kicking, more quarterbacks with turnovers, and some very surprising results marked Week 5. Did anyone expect the Green Bay Packers to come out and obliterate the Dallas Cowboys in the first half on the road, for instance? Did anyone see Denver grabbing their first win of the season on the road against the Chargers? Did anyone see Kirk Cousins having a pretty good day passing? How about the Chiefs losing at home to the Colts? Some may have seen these results coming, but most wouldn’t have bet on it.
What were the most prominent disappointments of Week 5? Here’s a look.
Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
Whatever was going right for the Cowboys’ offense has started to go dreadfully wrong. Prescott ended up throwing for 463 yards in his furious bid to rally Dallas back from down 31-3, but he turned the ball over three times and the offense didn’t start clicking until it was far too late. There are definitely growing questions about the Dallas offense, though Prescott still flashed his talent in the defeat. Turnovers were still a big problem, and that must change going forward.
Kansas City Chiefs’ offense
Where was this unit all Sunday night? The typically explosive Chiefs offense was held to just 13 points at home in a stunning loss to the Colts. KC started off the game with two scoring drives but then punt, fumble, punt, punt, punt and turnover on downs before finally grabbing a late field goal. Patrick Mahomes was sacked four times and hit eight times; the Chiefs have some work to do on the offensive line.
A quarter of the 2019 NFL regular season is officially in the books, and to say there were a few surprises over the first four weeks of season would be a drastic understatement. But which players who are lighting it up are the biggest surprises of the year? Let’s take a look.
5. Darren Waller, TE, Oakland Raiders
Unless you’re an Oakland Raiders fan or a hardcore NFL fan, you’ve probably never heard of Darren Waller. That’s because the 2015 sixth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens had never amassed more than 10 receptions or 85 yards in a single season. Until now, that is. Through the first quarter of the season, Waller has exploded onto the scene, hauling in 33 receptions for 320 yards, which is just 17 yards shy of the league lead. What makes Waller’s production all the more impressive is that he’s posting an incredible catch rate of 89.2, which leads the NFL (min. 30 targets). Could Waller be a superstar in the making? Maybe, or maybe he’s taking advantage of a perfect situation considering Derek Carr loves throwing to his tight ends.
4. Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
The Giants appeared destined to grind through the 2019 season with Eli Manning under center, but after just two games, the team pulled the plug and inserted rookie Daniel Jones. After an entire offseason of being mocked, dismissed and generally made fun of, Jones has been handing out a heaping helping of crow pie with every pass he throws and athletic run he makes. Not only has Jones led the Giants to a .500 record for the first time since 2016, he’s demonstrated impressive poise, veteran footwork and surprising leadership. Completing just under 70 percent of his passes, Jones has been responsible for five touchdowns and has single-handedly revitalized New York’s struggling offense.
3. Shaq Barrett, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After years of being under-utilized in Denver, Shaq Barrett found his way to Tampa Bay this offseason, and in his first season with the Buccaneers, has erupted. There has been no one better at the linebacker position over the first quarter of the season. Barrett has recorded an impressive 9.0 sacks (at least 1.0 in every game) and became just the second player in NFL history to record 8.0 sacks over the first three weeks of the season. He’s on pace to shatter Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record (22.5) and opposing offensive coordinators are beginning to gameplan specifically for him. That’s legitimate and unexpected impact from a one-time undrafted free agent.
2. Kyle Allen, QB, Carolina Panthers
Stepping in to replace an injured Cam Newton, not much was expected of Kyle Allen other than to bridge the gap until Newton returned. What the Panthers got instead was a young quarterback — undrafted in 2018 — playing well above expectations and even creating a little debate in Carolina over who should be under center from here on out. A fumbling issue aside, Allen has kept the Panthers afloat with two very impressive games against the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals. In total, Allen has completed over 70 percent of his passes for 759 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Raise your hand if you predicted that … no hands? Didn’t think so.
1. Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
It’s been 15 long years since Uncle Rico discussed his ability to throw a football clear over the mountains, and now he’s under center for the Jacksonville Jaguars and taking the league by storm. Stepping in after a wildly unfortunate injury to Nick Foles, rookie Gardner Minshew looks like a man born for this role (no, not in “Napoleon Dynamite”). In four games (2-2) since taking over, Minshew has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 905 yards, seven touchdown and one interception. That extrapolates to 3,620 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions — numbers that would be remarkable, if not historic, for a sixth-round pick who wasn’t expected to see a single snap in 2019.