Eli on Daniel Jones: ‘Don’t feel like it’s a competition’Cat:未分類
New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur’s closing words before breaking for the summer indicated Big Blue would nurture a quarterback competition between Eli Manning and rookie Daniel Jones when training camp opens.
The remarks surprised many following the Giants insisted all spring which Manning remained primed to begin another season.
Manning himself isn’t affected by Shurmur alluding to a QB competition. At the Manning Passing Academy, Eli told NFL Network’s Rhett Lewis Friday he doesn’t think he’s fighting Jones to maintain his job.
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“I mean , I don’t feel like it is a contest,” Manning said in an interview that will air on NFL Network’s Total Access Friday night. “I feel like I have to do my job and I’ve got to compete daily and attempt to get better each day. That is how it has been my whole life and that is only the way I’ve always approached practice every day to enhance, to earn my place on the team, to earn the esteem of the teammates and do it each year.”
Manning doesn’t consider Jones competition and said he’s got no issue nurturing a rookie QB that the Giants expect will become the next franchise signal-caller.
“We’ve got new guys and I am trying to build a connection together and get them up to speed so I am attempting to perform my job in the quarterback room,” Manning explained. “I’ve always been good with young quarterbacks, whoever’s been in there, trying to get them up to speed, educating them about defenses or styles or exactly what our defense plays. So I’m doing the identical thing with Daniel and I’m going to be a fantastic teammate, I’m going to do the very best I could do and help everybody on the Giants be successful.”
Manning’s dismissal of a supposed QB competition similarly echoes Jones’ reaction to Shurmur’s comments, when the rookie said he’d been told by coaches he would have a chance to start.
Whether or not it’s a full-blown competition, the repetitions each QB gets when training camp opens on July 24 will be closely monitored. A buzz will begin if Jones gets repetitions with all the 1s early in camp, but Manning does not sound concerned about that possibility.
Manning noted that he remembers his own”competition” with Kurt Warner back in 2004 — that the veteran started the first half of this year before Big Blue turned into Manning to the final seven tilts.
“Definitely drawing back on that and that I talk to Daniel and I see many similarities in the situation and the way things are moving and what he is trying to perform, his character,” Manning explained. “He’s coming into this team, he is just hoping to learn the playbook, learn the names of everybody, got to earn the respect of his teammates. He’s got so much happening. He has got the New York media, dealing with themall of a sudden they’re saying matters Day 1. … So only work hard, take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously — if you can do this — enjoy your teammates, listen to your coaches and we are all in this together and we will get through it”
Manning also confessed he has seen the memes indicating Jones is a facsimile of himself, also noticed their personalities are like rookies.
“I see it,” Manning explained. “He’s a fantastic kid, he is silent and he is only hoping to understand, get a good sense of when to let his personality come out. I was the exact same way. My rookie year I wasn’t going to say Tiki Barber, Michael Strahan, you got these big personalities — I am going to keep my mouth closed, be on time, work my tail off at the weight room, ask my questions to the coach after the interview is over and also make sure I understand what I’m doing before tell Tiki exactly what his path is or I inform Amani Toomer,’Hey, I do not think you did this right.’ You have to earn the respect. You got to have hit in the mouth a couple of days and get up… before you do a whole lot of talking.”
Catch Manning’s interview Friday night on NFL Total Access at 7 pm ET.
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