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Giants QB Eli Manning Says He’ll Be Happy to Help a Young QB Learn

If the Giants take a quarterback with the second pick in this year’s draft, that player will learn from Eli Manning for at least one year before eventually taking the job. That could create an awkward situation in the Giants’ quarterback room, with Manning essentially grooming his successor, Dan Duggan of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“I’m not going to give a cold shoulder to anybody,” Manning said at an appearance for Courtyard by Marriott on Friday morning. “I think you’re always trying to help other guys and talk, but I think that’s just part of being a quarterback.”

Manning was in a similar situation last season after the Giants selected quarterback Davis Webb in the third round of the draft. Webb raved about how much he learned from Manning just by observing and being in the quarterback room.

“It’s not your job to mentor somebody, but I wouldn’t look at it as that role,” Manning said. “I would look at it as, ‘Hey, it’s my job to prepare and compete and be ready to play each and every game.’ In that process, you’re always talking football, you’re always helping out the other guys in the room. With Davis Webb this year, with Geno (Smith), with guys over the years, you’re always helping them out and so nothing changes. It’s about doing your job but also helping the other guys around you and having great communication in the quarterback room has always been important to me.”

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