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New Giants Coach Pat Shurmur Thinks Eli Manning Has Plenty Left in the Tank

Giants coach Pat ShurmurPat Shurmur was introduced Friday, and he made his evaluation and respect for 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning clear, the New York Post reports.

“I think the relationship’s gonna be very strong, I’ve watched him, competed against him, admired how he’s played over the years,” Shurmur said. “Got to spend some time with him this summer … He’s an outstanding football player and I can’t wait to get to work with him. I like the way he’s handled things, his calm approach to the position.”

Manning just completed his worst statistical season since 2013. He threw for 3,468 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, though it was with a porous offensive line and an injury-ravaged wide receiver corps. The Giants also possess the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, which would seem a prime opportunity to draft his eventual successor.

Shurmur indicated, though, he wants Manning to be the quarterback of the present and the future can wait.

“I think he’s got years left – how many, I don’t know,” Shurmur said. “With regard to the draft, I’m not ducking that question … we’ve got to travel down that road of evaluation. … We’ve got a guy here (Eli) who’s helped this organization win super bowls, he’s an outstanding players and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

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