Eli Manning makes room for Daniel Jones, cancels spot with NYC radio host Mike Francesa
Jason OwensYahoo SportsApr 26, 2019, 4:40 PM
Not 24 hours have passed the New York Giants stunned the NFL by choosing Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in the first round.
The wheels are already in motion for his anointment as Eli Manning’s replacement.
Manning said prior to the draft that he anticipated the Giants drafting his successor. But he also sounded optimistic that he would continue to play this season when talking with reporters on April 14.
“I figure the Giants are going to get a young quarterback,” Manning said. “So I understand that. I still have to do my job, and I'll do my part. And my job as I see it is to go out there and play quarterback and win football games.”
Manning cancels longstanding NYC radio spot
That optimism appears to have waned since the Jones pick.
Manning has for years done a weekly in-season Monday spot on New York host Mike Francesa’s radio show on WFAN.
According to NFL Network’s Kimberley Jones, Francesa said Friday that Manning has already canceled those appearances for the approaching season in anticipation of losing his job.
The wheels appear to already be in motion for Daniel Jones to take Eli Manning's job. View photos
The wheels appear to already be in motion for Daniel Jones to take Eli Manning's job. (AP)
Jones makes first appearance with Francesa
As if to ceremonially hammer home the point, Jones joined Francesa later Friday for his first appearance with the sports radio icon as a member of the Giants.
Francesa dug for information on what Jones has been told about his immediate role by general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur.
But Jones, apparently trained well by Duke coach David Cutcliffe, was careful not to give away any information or appear even remotely interesting, sticking to seasoned quarterback speak in his interview.
Jones remains tight-lipped
"It’s my job to do what I can to learn as much as I can from [Manning],” Jones told Francesa when asked what he’d been told his role will be as a rookie. “His job is to win football games for the team. I certainly look forward to helping him anyway that I can and improving myself.”
While providing exactly zero insight with that answer, Jones did admit to having heard from Manning Friday morning.
“He just congratulated me, said he’s excited for me to be up there,” Jones said. “I certainly appreciated that. It was great to hear from him.”
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SIRIUSXM - New York Giants first round pick Daniel Jones visits SiriusXM NFL Radio at the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. (Wade Payne/AP Images for SiriusXM)View photos
New York Giants first-round pick Daniel Jones (Wade Payne/AP Images for SiriusXM)
Writing’s on the wall for Manning
But even though Jones won’t say it out loud, the answer here is obvious to anyone who’s watched NFL football over the last decade.
Jones is the guy, and he will be sooner than later. Manning might be the starter on Day 1. But NFL teams don’t draft quarterbacks in the top 10 to give them a year to sit and acclimate.
Since the Green Bay Packers selected Aaron Rodgers to sit behind Brett Favre in the first round of the 2005 draft, only two first-round quarterbacks have failed to start at least one game as rookies — Jake Locker with the Tennessee Titans in 2005 and Brady Quinn with the Cleveland Browns in 2007.
There is no reason to think that Jones will be the exception to this rule.
Pressure’s on Gettleman
On the heels of two years of miserable football in New York and significant offseason moves that included jettisoning Odell Beckham, the pressure is at a peak in New York. And it’s time to figure out if Gettleman has any idea what he’s doing.
Patience will be thin if the Giants start slow under Manning, and the calls for Jones will be quick, even if Giants fans aren’t enamored with the pick. Nobody knows what to expect from Jones. What’s clear is that Manning’s time is in the past.
Outside of the Beckham deal, this is draft is the defining moment of Gettleman’s tenure with the Giants.
Fans and management alike are eager to find out if Gettlemen is actually three steps ahead of everyone else or just throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks. https://sports.yahoo.com/eli-manning-cancels-longtime-mike-francesa-spot-as-daniel-jones-joins-the-show-204045406.html?src=rss