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New Giants Coach Pat Shurmur Says He Thinks QB Eli Manning Has Multiple Playing Years Left

During an interview at the NFL Scouting Combine, newly-minted Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said he believes Eli Manning has multiple years left as a quality starter according to Ralph Vacchiano of

New general manager Dave Gettleman has said much the same thing, leading many pundits to believe the Giants will either trade the No.2-overall pick in exchange for multiple draft choices or perhaps select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to amp up their offense. Manning, now 37 years old, has seen his yards-per-attempt average has declined in four straight years and his 6.1 YPA mark from 2017 was the lowest since his 2004 rookie year.

But the Giants have multiple holes to fill, with a complete rebuild of their offensive line and needed improvements to their run game topping the list, and both Shurmur and Gettleman seem to believe that Eli is still serviceable while making those other improvements.

The most likely scenario is that Manning serves as a bridge quarterback while the team grooms either incumbent backup Davis Webb or, more likely, a first-round pick out of the deep 2018 QB draft class. That pick doesn’t have to be the 2nd-overall if some other team who needs a QB even more desperately than the Giants makes an offer. Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph could still be available if the Giants trade down.

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