Eli Manning will be back with the New York Giants for the 2019 season, but he knows that he is not the future.
The Giants are expected, by both fans and media, to take a quarterback at some point during this April’s NFL Draft. Manning, who is now 38-years-old, shares that expectation.
On Monday, he spoke to reporters on a conference call about his mindset if the team does take another quarterback.
“I figure the Giants are going to get a young quarterback,” said Manning. “I have to do my job, do my part. My job, as I see it, is to play quarterback, win football games, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
That new project could very well be Dwayne Haskins. Pat Shurmur confirmed to the press that the former Ohio State QB is visited the Giants on Monday. It’s no secret that the team is seriously considering taking him with the No. 6 pick in the first round. In March, Shurmur and other members of New York’s coaching staff had dinner with Haskins the night before watching him at his pro day.
Haskins could have a unique opportunity to be mentored by Manning. You only have to look at Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh to see that not every established starting QB is happy to mentor a youngster, but Manning seems to have an open mind about it.
“I’ve always felt like in the quarterback room, I’ve always had a great relationship with everyone in there. We’ve drafted quarterbacks, we’ve had young quarterbacks in there, I enjoy talking football. I enjoy just talkin’ ball, whether you’re giving tips on coverages or protections or concepts. It’s just everybody helping each other. It’s an open conversation to get ideas, stick around after and get everybody on the same page.”
Those new ideas could arrive as soon as April 25, when the first round of the NFL Draft will get underway.