There might be Eli in ‘The big apple’ for a little bit longer. Maybe.
Even though the Giants have improved during the last third of this season with a 3-1 record over the last four games—including an impressive win against the NFC North leaders the Chicago Bears—the future of Eli Manning playing as a starter next season remains uncertain after head coach Pat Shurmur refused to commit to the 37-year-old veteran in 2019.
“Those are offseason discussions,” said Shurmur on Tuesday to WFAN Radio when asked about Manning’s future in the team. “I’m really pleased with the way he’s been playing of late.”
“I’m fond of everything that Eli brings to the table. I’m fond of who he is as a person,” coach Pat added. “I get a chance to see him behind the scenes, and I see how hard he works. And I know how hard he wants to win. But no matter what the talent level of the quarterback is, the team around him has to play well too.”
Although these comments do not give us a clear picture whether if Eli will be next year Giants’ signal-caller or not, they strengthen SNY Ralph Vacchiano’s report of last week. Vacchiano noted that according to his sources, “there is still a chance” that the two-time Super Bowl champion will return in 2019 as the starting quarterback of the team, which sounded unlikely to happen at the beginning of the season when fans were clamoring to move on from Manning after a 1-7 start and public criticism by the Giants superstar Odell Beckham Jr against his QB.
Probably, the main reason the NY franchise haven’t benched nor will—next season—Eli Manning is because there’s no better option. 2018 fourth-round pick Kyle Lauletta is their only choice, and it doesn’t look promising. However, the Richmond product might see some action before the end of this campaign if the Giants lose one more game since that will practically eliminate them from the playoffs, allowing Shurmur to give some minutes on the field to the rookie. The ´G Men´ are three games behind the Cowboys who lead the division.