Eli Manning will return as the New York Giants starting quarterback when they travel to play the red-hot Indianapolis Colts in Week 16.
Although the Giants have now been officially eliminated from postseason contention with a Week 15 loss (and victories by the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings, they will continue to use Manning as their starting quarterback. The Giants will not shift their focus to the 2019 season and beyond at the quarterback position by giving rookie Kyle Lauletta a chance to start a full game — at least no in Week 16. On Monday during his conference call with Giants reporters, head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that Manning is his starter in Week 16.
“Eli playing quarterback I think gives us the best chance to win,” Shurmur said on Monday.
Shurmur also hinted that Manning will remain the team’s starting quarterback for the final two games of the regular season including a home finale against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I think we’re going to try to put the player in that gives us the best chance to win. We’ll see if that involves Kyle (Lauletta),” Shurmur said, via Ralph Vacchiano. “Eli playing quarterback I think gives us the best chance to win.”
Manning and his impressive second-half run over the New York Giants’ past five games came to an abrupt ending during the team’s 17-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 15. One thing we can certainly end is any foolish and misguided discussion about the Giants offense operating at a higher level without Odell Beckham Jr. With Beckham sidelined in Week 15, the Tennessee Titans did everything they could schematically to make sure running back Saquon Barkleywould not beat them. This put the game in the hands of Manning and he did not deliver. Manning finished 21-of-44 for 229 passing yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception against the Titans.
Earlier on Sunday, a report surfaced suggesting the Giants were leaning toward retaining Manning as the starting quarterback in 2019.
After Manning’s disappointing performance, some Giants fans have taken to social media in an attempt to make it known they do not want him to return as the starter in 2019. A contingent of the fanbase remains in Manning’s corner and continues to support him as the team’s starting quarterback in 2019.
Contrary to what is turning into popular belief, the Giants have not yet made a decision on Eli Manning’s future. Earlier on Sunday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport released a report suggesting the Giants were leaning toward keeping Manning, but it’s important to read what he actually said — he provided a caveat.
“He is, from what I understand, playing his way onto the roster in 2019,” Rapoport said. “Sources I talked to, were adamant, no decision has been made firmly. This is an offseason situation. But the way he has been playing, the way he has held up certainly opens up the possibility that he is back in 2019; something which if you talked about earlier in the season, we all would’ve thought you were crazy.
Manning is due to count $23.2 million against the Giants’ 2019 salary cap and the team can create $17 million in 2019 cap space by releasing him this offseason. The Giants have to answer the question — is Manning helping the team enough to justify not creating massive $17 million cap space chunk by keeping him on the roster.