When asked about his QB situation after Tuesday's OTA workouts, Giants HC Pat Shurmur said (per ESPN's Jordan Raanan): "I think we are going to play the very best player. I know we're dancing around the words there. Right now, Eli is getting ready to have a great year. Daniel is getting ready to play. We'll see what happens. But we feel good about where Eli is. He's our starting quarterback." Although Shurmur didn't seem to close the door on Daniel Jones overtaking Eli Manning for the Week 1 starting post, it certainly seems that it'll take a drastic difference in performance between the 2 to get Manning benched. We'd bet on Jones taking over at some point this year, however. And neither looks interesting for 2019 redraft leagues.
The Giants are set to sign LT Nate Solder, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a huge get for a team desperate for offensive line help. Solder ranked 32nd among 81 OTs in Pro Football Focus' 2017 grades, including a 12th-place finish in run blocking. None of New York's OTs last year ranked better than 52nd in the overall grades.
The Giants have named Pat Shurmur their new HC. The 52-year-old's stock soared after the job he did in Minnesota this season, leading the Vikings to an 11th-place finish in total offense and getting a career year out of QB Case Keenum. Shurmur's 2-season stint as Cleveland's HC from 2011 to 2012 didn't go well (9-23 record), but no one does well in Cleveland these days. In between his stops in Cleveland and Minnesota, he helped Chip Kelly's Eagles to 3 straight top-12 finishes in total offense. The biggest question in New York will be what Shurmur does at QB. He and new GM Dave Gettleman have reportedly spoken highly of QB Eli Manning, but the Giants should still consider a QB with the 2nd overall pick of April's draft.
Giants HC Steve Spagnuolo said Wednesday that his "hope" is that QB Eli Manning plays all of this weekend's game against the Redskins. We're not sure why he needs to "hope" anything -- if he wants Manning to play the entire game, Manning will play the entire game. He's still not better than a low-end QB2, especially with WR Sterling Shepard and TE Evan Engram banged up.
Giants interim HC Steve Spagnuolo said QB Eli Manning will start Sunday's finale against the Redskins but suggested that QB Davis Webb could also get some action. "Eli will start, and then we'll probably take it bit by bit," Spagnuolo said. "We just take it and see how it goes." It makes plenty of sense for the Giants to get a look at their 3rd-round rookie. Webb reportedly got some 1st-team reps in practice last week. This will be a situation to avoid in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
The Giants are expected to go back to QB Eli Manning following the firing of HC Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. What a mess. Manning is sitting 29th among QBs in fantasy points per game and won't be more than a lower-end QB2 for Week 14. His return at least stabilizes the fantasy outlooks for WR Sterling Shepard and TE Evan Engram.
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