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A big fear of any NFL team, especially in the modern era, is to get stuck in what Giants GM Dave Gettleman called "Quarterback Hell." It can doom a team to mediocrity, or worse. Sometimes it can last a decade or more.

Gettleman acknowledged that one year ago, speaking to reporters at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., about the prospect of the Giants taking a quarterback in last year's draft. He warned that if a team picks the wrong guy "and he fails, you set yourself back five years." And he described that "Hell" as having a team that has a "quality defense, they've got a good special teams, and they're going 7-9, 8-8, 9-7."

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Hall of Famer Michael Strahan walks onto the field with the Vince Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl XLII during the halftime ceremony. (Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY Sports)
Hall of Famer Michael Strahan walks onto the field with the Vince Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl XLII during the halftime ceremony. (Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY Sports)

Legendary Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan has a plan for how New York should handle its quarterback situation:

Draft Kyler Murray but start Eli Manning.

Speaking on the "Dan Patrick Show" on Thursday, Strahan said he thinks the Giants should draft the Heisman Trophy-winning Murray with the No. 6 pick in April but have him learn under Manning for at least the first half of the 2019 season.

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman reacts during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman reacts during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Mock drafts are continuing to come in with three and a half months to go before the NFL draft, and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the GIants taking a quarterback.

Kiper predicts the Giants will draft Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the sixth pick over Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback, whom Kiper has going 13th to the Miami Dolphins.

Haskins, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, said in December "it would be pretty nice" if the Giants drafted him, and among New York's needs are to find an heir to Eli Manning.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in action against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. Philadelphia won the game 41-33.(AP Photo/Gregory Payan) (Gregory Payan/AP)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in action against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. Philadelphia won the game 41-33.(AP Photo/Gregory Payan) (Gregory Payan/AP)

If the Giants indeed move on from Eli Manning, they could turn to free agency to find their next quarterback and Nick Foles appears to be headed toward the open market. 

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson made a pretty strong statement on Tuesday about where the team stands on its quarterback dilemma between sticking with 26-year-old Carson Wentz or last year's Super Bowl MVP. 

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When it comes to the Giants' options to explore adding a new quarterback next season, the NFL Draft or free agency comes to mind right away. But a trade isn't off the table, either. 

Some teams possess backup quarterbacks that could very well start for a team next season, and Colts QB Jacoby Brissett fits that bill. The 25-year-old has some intrigue in his 17 career starts with a strong arm and mobility outside the pocket.

He was first put on the map in New England, filling in for Tom Brady back in 2016. And after being traded for Phillip Dorsett to the Colts, Brissett had 15 starts last season in place of an injured Andrew Luck. He went 4-11, but was still learning the ways of the playbook and offense as each week went along. 

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Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray looks on prior to the 2018 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray looks on prior to the 2018 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

NFL Draft big boards across the league could see a change with Oklahoma QB and former Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray announcing Monday that he is declaring.

The move is procedural and doesn't preclude Murray -- who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics -- sticking with baseball. He doesn't have to forfeit his $4.66 million signing bonus with the A's yet, but if he ultimately enters the NFL, he would. The 21-year-old could very well be declaring for the draft to further his time to weigh his options. 

With Murray declaring, NFL teams will immediately add him to their list of options. And the Giants will certainly be one of those teams...

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick watches play on the sidelines during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports Images)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick watches play on the sidelines during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports Images)

95 percent of defensive players in the NFL believe Colin Kaepernick should be on an NFL roster, and at least two of them think he should replace Eli Manning.

In a poll of 85 defensive players done by The Athletic, the QB most players said should be replaced by Kaepernick was Blake Bortles of the Jaguars, who received 20 percent of the vote. He was followed by Nathan Peterman, at 18 percent.

Manning was among the QBs who received "multiple votes" as the player who should be replaced by Kaepernick. Others receiving multiple votes included Josh Allen, Andy Dalton, and Josh Rosen...

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Is Nick Foles Eli's replacement? 00:01:05
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down whether Nick Foles is a plausible replacement for Eli Manning next year.

The Giants didn't commit to veteran QB Eli Manning for the 2019-20 season, which means all options will be explored this offseason. That includes free agency.

Arguably the most attractive name on a list that doesn't pop off the page is 30-year-old Nick Foles, whose contract with the Eagles expires after their postseason run. 

Could the Giants go after Foles and make him Manning's heir apparent? SNY's Ralph Vacchiano breaks down why the Giants may actually consider this option...

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Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Washington Huskies the 2019 Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl. Ohio State defeated Washington 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Washington Huskies the 2019 Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl. Ohio State defeated Washington 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

After declaring for the NFL Draft, Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins played around with what jerseys he would look best in next season.

The Giants are one of them...

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Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence became the darling of college football with his performance in the Tigers' 44-16 national championship victory over Alabama on Monday.

The long-haired, 19-year-old freshman completed 20 of 32 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and had NFL fans salivating at the thought of him playing quarterback for their team. 

Yet Lawrence is not eligible for the NFL draft until 2021, but that did not stop some fans and analysts from suggesting teams should put themselves in position to take Lawrence. 

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveEli Manning wants to keep playing football, and he prefers to keep playing it with the Giants. He said in a radio interview on Wednesday that "it's hard to imagine" playing in another uniform.

But he knows that's happened to some of the biggest names in sports, many times before.

So what happens if things do go wrong with Manning and the Giants between now and the start of training camp in July? What if the only place for Manning to continue his NFL career does turn out to be someplace else?

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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All the speculation about Eli Manning's future is about whether the Giants want him back next season and whether they can find a better option somewhere else. But what if something else is factoring into this decision?

What if the Giants want Manning back, but with conditions the 38-year-old franchise icon won't find easy to accept?

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New York Giants outside linebacker Mark Herzlich (94) looks over his shoulder as he walks onto the field to warm up before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)
New York Giants outside linebacker Mark Herzlich (94) looks over his shoulder as he walks onto the field to warm up before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)

While everyone ponders what went on in the meeting between GM Dave Gettleman and quarterback Eli Manning, former Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich offered his interpretation of how it went down.  

"He doesn't see a future for Eli," Herzlich said on CBS Sports Radio's "Taz and the Moose" show on Thursday. 

Herzlich, 31, was teammates with Manning from 2011-17 and shares the same agent with the two-time Super Bowl champion but was cut from the team prior to the start of the season. 

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Get to know Dwayne Haskins 00:00:33
Get to know Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins hasn't declared for the draft, but could be the future QB the Giants need.

Following Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskin's performance in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday, the redshirt sophomore's draft stock appears to be on the rise should he declare for the NFL Draft. 

The 21-year-old has just 14 collegiate starts under his belt but is coming off a season in which he set school and Big Ten records and may have shown just enough to catapult himself up teams' draft boards and become the first Big Ten quarterback taken in the first round since Kerry Collins in 1995.

The Giants hold the sixth overall pick of the draft and even if 38-year-old Eli Manning returns next season, they may be interested in selecting the Ohio State quarterback if he is available at their pick to succeed Manning.  

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 36-35 at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 36-35 at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

During his end-of-season press conference on Wednesday, Giants GM Dave Gettleman wouldn't commit to veteran QB Eli Manning starting under center in 2019, which means all options are going to be explored before making that call.

Manning isn't sure how long that decision will take.

"I don't know," he told Mike Francesa on WFAN. "I assume I'll have conversations with Mr. Gettleman going forward and seeing what's best and what we need to do."

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Gettleman on Eli, Beckham Jr. 00:01:41
Giants GM Dave Gettleman was very honest in his responses about Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and their future with the team.

For the first time since July 27, Giants GM Dave Gettleman sat in front of New York media to address the multitude of questions that have built up over his team's 2018 campaign that ended with a disappointing 5-11 record. And you can guess that one of the first questions he addressed was QB Eli Manning's future with the franchise. 

Gettleman admitted that he and Manning had an "extensive, no holds barred" conversation on Monday, but wouldn't divulge on what was discussed. However, he did say what his current stance on the quarterback position for the team will be as he enters the offseason. 

"Here's what I'm committed to do," Gettleman said. "I'm committed to making the best decision in the interest of the New York Football Giants. We're in the evaluation process. I know you wants answers now."

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Gettleman clear on strategy 00:01:15
Gettleman didn't waiver from the principle that the Giants will draft the best available player and he has no regrets about Saquon Barkley.

When it comes to the NFL draft, Giants GM Dave Gettleman's philosophy has always been the same:

Take the best player available. 

The Giants have the sixth pick in the draft this year and with Eli Manning's future uncertain at this point, the question of whether or not finding a future franchise quarterback is a priority this offseason came up at Gettleman's end of the year press conference on Wednesday. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Two years ago on this date, the Giants were getting ready to face the Packers in the NFC wild-card round.

But first, some of the wide receivers celebrated a playoff berth by partying on a boat in Miami.

In the trip that was heavily scrutinized in the days, weeks and months afterward, wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard were among several Giants players who were on a yacht with Justin Bieber, Fabolous and Trey Songz.

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Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) celebrates on the podium after the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Washington Huskies in the 2019 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)
Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) celebrates on the podium after the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Washington Huskies in the 2019 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

If the Giants are ready to move on from Eli Manning and draft a quarterback in this year's NFL draft, then Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins certainly would seem to have caught their eye on Tuesday. 

The 21-year-old completed 25 of 37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdown passes -- all in the first half -- in a 28-23 win over Washington and their No. 12-ranked defense in the Rose Bowl and earning Offensive MVP in the game. 

Haskins, who was third in the Heisman Trophy voting, caps his season with 4,831 yards and 50 touchdown passes -- making him just the sixth player in FBS history to accomplish the latter. 

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Dec 4, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former NFL player Archie Manning before a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Dec 4, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former NFL player Archie Manning before a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Eli Manning will not be feeling any pressure from his father to play another season.

Archie Manning sounded at peace with the possibility of his youngest son calling it a career following Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys, but if not, things are going to need to change with the Giants after a disappointing 5-11 season. 

"If Eli is done playing, I'm fine with it," Archie told ESPN's Ian O'Connor. "But if he comes back, the Giants have got to win. They can't go through another season like this."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning waves as he leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning waves as he leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has said in recent weeks how strongly he feels that Eli Manning will quarterback the team in 2019.

And even after Manning turned the ball over twice in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium, he said he felt the same way.

"Everybody thinks I'm nuts," Shurmur said, according to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro, "but I've seen the good in Eli. I certainly hear things [bad about Manning], but I believe in him. I feel strongly about Eli.''

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Giants come up short in finale 00:01:31
The Giants again couldn't close out a game, losing 36-35 to the Cowboys in the season finale. A common theme in 2018.

The Giants battled, clawed and never gave up in their season finale 36-35 loss to the Dallas Coyboys on Sunday at Metlife Stadium. Saquon Barkley set a new NFL record for a rookie running back and QB Eli Manning completed 356 of 535 passes for 3,998 yards on the year.

Things to know about Sunday's game  

1) On his first completion, Manning surpassed 4,000 passing yards for the seventh time in his career. The QB finished 24-of-41 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)

All signs still point to Eli Manning returning as the Giants' QB next season, but the 37-year-old did break his pregame routine with a sentimental gesture prior to kickoff against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Manning walked out of the tunnel with his three daughters in tow, and looked like he was surverying the early crowd at MetLife Stadium, according to NY Daily News' Pat Leonard. All three of Manning's daughters were wearing their father's No. 10 Giants jersey.

Soon, the quarterback had photos taken of him and his daughters in the Giants endzone. This was a never-before-seen gesture from Manning, according to Leonard. Manning's response earlier this week as to whether or not he'll be Big Blue's starter in 2019 was also different than usual. 

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Odell Beckham Jr: 'I Love Eli' 00:01:24
Odell Beckham Jr. talks about winning with Eli Manning next season, and Pat Shurmur shares his vision for success in 2019 for Big Blue.

As it was last season, Giants QB Eli Manning will enter his final regular-season game on Sunday with the question of whether or not he will start for Big Blue next season up in the air. 

Manning has support from his teammates like WR Sterling Shepard, who said "I'd love to" have the 37-year-old throwing passes to him next season. And after practice Friday, Manning has another supporter: Odell Beckham Jr.

"I love Eli," Beckham told reporters on Friday. "I've been with Eli - he's the first quarterback I've ever had in the league. I threw at him, Manning Camp, high school. There's a lot of things you want in life. You can't always get what you want, but at the end of the day I want him to be able to go home and talk trash to his brothers. When it's his time to go out, I want him to go out the right way."

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There was some odd activity going on in Queens on Thursday night. 

No, the Mets did not sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but an electrical fire at a Con Edison substation in Astoria resulted in an "electrical arc", which caused a massive blue light to beam over the city at about 9 p.m. 

The incident caused a bit of a phenomenom, with some Mets and Giants players buzzing about what it could possibly be.

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There was some odd activity going on in Queens on Thursday night. 

No, the Mets did not sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but an electrical fire at a Con Edison substation in Astoria resulted in an "electrical arc", which caused a massive blue light to beam over the city at about 9 p.m. 

The incident caused a bit of a phenomenom, with some Mets and Giants players buzzing about what it could possibly be.

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There was some odd activity going on in Queens on Thursday night. 

No, the Mets did not sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but an electrical fire at a Con Edison substation in Astoria resulted in an "electrical arc", which caused a massive blue light to beam over the city at about 9 p.m. 

The incident caused a bit of a phenomenom, with some Mets and Giants players buzzing about what it could possibly be.

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 (@bnimmo24 via Instagram)
(@bnimmo24 via Instagram)

There was some odd activity going on in Queens on Thursday night. 

No, the Mets did not sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but an electrical fire at a Con Edison substation in Astoria resulted in an "electrical arc", which caused a massive blue light to beam over the city at about 9 p.m. 

The incident caused a bit of a phenomenom, with some Mets and Giants players buzzing about what it could possibly be.

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The last game of the season 00:01:01
Pat Shurmur says OBJ and Ogletree will not practice and Eli will be starting and Eli Manning doesn't know if he will start in 2019 season

The NFC East-last place Giants are bracing themselves for the impact of hosting the first place Cowboys on Sunday. And it's their last shot to put a positive spin on an otherwise enigmatic season. 

In varying degrees over the past few weeks, Pat Shurmur has doubled down on his confidence in Eli Manning. Before Week 15 the New York head coach said Manning has years left in him as the Giants' starting QB and Shurmur recited the same anthem on Wednesday.

"Eli's our starter. Eli gives us our best chance to win," Shurmur said. "He's going to play on Sunday. That's where we're at."

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Sterling Shepard (87) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sterling Shepard (87) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Giants play their season finale of the 2018 season on Sunday against the Cowboys, it is natural for the masses to think about whether it will be QB Eli Manning's final game starting for Big Blue. 

This was the same question at this point last season, with the Giants' draft stock in the Top 3 and five top quarterbacks to choose from. But GM Dave Gettleman went in a different direction, selecting RB Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall as he showed his faith in the 37-year-old quarterback. 

Gettleman also said he had a win-now strategy for the Giants, and that hasn't been the case. The Giants would finish 6-10 on the season if they win Sunday, and that isn't what the front office expected, which is why Manning's status as the team's franchise quarterback is up in the air again. And he knows it.

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Sep 8, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass during the first half against the Portland State Vikings at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)
Sep 8, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass during the first half against the Portland State Vikings at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)

The Giants might not target a QB in the 2019 NFL Draft, but if they do, the prospect many view as the best won't be there. Justin Herbert is returning for his senior year at Oregon, the school announced on Wednesday.

Herbert said "My commitment to my teammates, our coaches, Duck fans, and the University of Oregon has never been stronger. I'll be returning to the University of Oregon for my senior year. Go Ducks!"

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Manning unsure of role in 2019 00:00:47
Eli Manning says "I Don't Know" when asked if he thinks he'll be the Giants starter in 2019.

Eli Manning gave an interesting answer Wednesday when asked whether he expects to be the Giants' starting QB in 2019.

"I don't know" Manning said. "Have not got into that or thought much about that, and so just worried about doing my job and finishing this season."

When SNY's Ralph Vacchiano followed up to note Manning's answer was a bit different than usual, Manning said he "didn't know last year, either" before adding "we'll figure it out."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning yells out signals under center against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning yells out signals under center against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

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When Eli Manning says goodbye to the Giants, he deserves a big and fond farewell. He's been the rock of the franchise for 15 seasons, led them to two wonderful, surprising and dramatic Super Bowl championships and will leave as the greatest quarterback this franchise has ever had.

But he won't get that fond farewell on Sunday in the Giants' season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, because there is still no indication that this will be his final game for the Giants at all.

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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Pat Shurmur believes the Giants are "very close" to becoming a playoff team. 

The head coach stated his belief on a conference call Monday following a 28-27 loss on the road to the Indianapolis Colts, which dropped the Giants record to 5-10. 

"I think we are," Shurmur said. "You have to go out and takes these wins. Nobody gives you anything...in this league you have to go out and take it and find ways to get a victory at the end of the game."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants will end their season with Eli Manning remaining as their starting quarterback.

As for who will back him up in Week 17 against the Cowboys, that is still to be determined.

"We'll just have to see what the week brings," head coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday during a conference call.

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SNY Holiday GIF Guide 00:00:43
With the holiday season upon us, SNY would like to give a GIF for a few of the NY sports teams during the season of giving.

As we're in the middle of the holiday season, the Giants aren't spreading much Christmas cheer with just two games left, and no playoff hopes alive. But we're making up for it with the perfect gift for you: GIFs!

You can use these in the final two games, or at any time throughout the offseason leading up to the Draft.

Check them out below!

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)

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The Indianapolis Colts are a legitimately good team that might finish this season with 10 wins and a berth in the playoffs. And the Giants, as awful as they've been all year, took them to the wire. They were one drive -- maybe one pass -- away from winning this game.

Instead they lost 28-27, leaving them with nothing but a moral victory. And while it was another sign that they've improved since their miserable first half of the season, they're still 4-3 since their 1-7 start.

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Giants lose 28-27 00:01:02
The Giants couldn't stage a last-minute comeback and fell to the Colts 28-27. Head Coach Pat Shurmur reacts to the loss.

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Eli Manning had a chance for some late-game magic, when he had 55 seconds to play, and all he had to do was get the Giants into field-goal range. Instead, he threw a game-sealing interception on an ill-advised pass over the middle.

But don't blame this 28-27 loss in Indianapolis on him.

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Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Kyle Lauletta knows he can be better. 

The Giants rookie quarterback and fourth-round pick was demoted back to being inactive last week against the Titans after a dismal performance in his lone appearance two weeks ago against Washington. 

The 23-year-old failed to complete any of his five passes and tossed an interception while playing in the fourth quarter of a 40-16 win over the Redskins. 

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 (Photo via @Art_Stapleton)
(Photo via @Art_Stapleton)

Call off the search for Eli Manning's heir, it looks like the Giants may have found their guy. 

He's a little oversized, wears a bright red suit with a long white beard but has a reputation of delivering in December. 

Yes, Santa Claus is headed to the gridiron. Well, at least he was at Giants practice in East Rutherford on Friday showing off his arm. 

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Lots of football left for Giants 00:01:26
Even though the Giants are out of the playoffs, there's still a lot for them to play for this season in their final two games.

In a season that's been a roller coaster ride of emotions -- rookie running back Saquon Barkley breaking records, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. getting sidelined with a quad injury at the most critical of times and losing safety Landon Collins to a season-ending shoulder surgery -- the Giants have seen their fair share of success and adversity.

Head coach Pat Shurmur said learning how to win again and playing through adversity are two things that factor into future roster-shaping and the team's subsequent goals. 

"I want all our players to be back. I really do," Shurmur said. "I believe experience matters. I believe that what we're trying to learn to do -- we've grown two games better than we were a year ago here [improving from three to five wins]. We've got two more opportunities."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said he believes quarterback Eli Manning has years left in him. He could be New York's best option under center next season as well.

But the 37-year-old Manning isn't focused on 2019 just yet.

"We'll kinda worry about next year next year," Manning told WFAN on Monday afternoon, according to the Bergen Record's Art Stapleton.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The words Phil Simms used - "absolute guarantee" - may have been a bit strong, but the former Giants quarterback is exactly right. Despite what happened on Sunday, despite a generally down season, it remains very likely that Eli Manning will be the team's starting quarterback in 2019.

That's because Giants managements understands that even though Manning will turn 38 in a few weeks and has struggled at times this season, he remains their best option - and probably by far.

That's why the Giants haven't ruled out a Manning return, as SNY has been reporting for months, and while no decision has been made several team sources have indicated that scenario is increasingly likely.

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Lots of football left for Giants 00:01:26
Even though the Giants are out of the playoffs, there's still a lot for them to play for this season in their final two games.

Eli Manning struggled mightily in a 17-0 shutout loss at home to the Titans on Sunday, completing 47 percent of his passes and throwing an interception. 

Yet it has done nothing to change Pat Shurmur's long-term view of the 37-year-old quarterback. 

The Giants head coach said on Monday that he still believes Manning has years left in him despite his most recent performance. 

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Barkley: Missing in action 00:01:24
Saquon Barkley is missing in action and that's a problem according to Ralph Vacchiano, he explains why.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For weeks, Pat Shurmur has made it clear his offense has to run through Saquon Barkley. And the Giants were thriving since he seemingly made that discovery during their bye week.

Barkley, he decided, was the Giants' best player. He was becoming one of the most unstoppable forces in the NFL. It seemed painfully obvious that everything they do should run through the super-rookie.

So why was he made to disappear on Sunday, just when the Giants needed him most?

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Giants win-streak runs aground 00:01:05
The Giants couldn?t get any offense going on a wet and rainy day against the Titans, falling 17-0.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants' longshot playoff hopes died on Sunday in a way that seemed perfectly fitting for this season.

They were shut out.

One week after they scored 40 points in Washington, the Giants' offense reverted to its pre-bye week form in a 17-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans. They couldn't get anything going at all - not even behind super-rookie Saquon Barkley. And in a steady rain with some gusty winds, Eli Manning was terrible, completing 21 of 44 passes for 229 yards and an interception, plus a lost fumble.//

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Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

Giants QB Eli Manning's future with Big Blue isn't in doubt, at least according to former Giant and current CBS NFL analyst Phil Simms.

"I think it's an absolute guarantee that Eli Manning will be the starter for the Giants next year," Simms said Sunday on the CBS pregame show. "In the Draft, they're not going to get anybody. And I think he'll be there not only next year. But I think he has a chance to start in 2020." 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Nov. 28 that Manning could return as the starter in 2019...

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants QB Kyle Lauletta's time as Eli Manning's backup is over, at least for now.

A week after struggling badly in his professional debut, Lauletta is inactive with Alex Tanney serving as Manning's backup as the Giants face the Titans at MetLife Stadium. Lauletta had been the backup for two weeks. 

During Week 14's blowout win over the Redskins, Lauletta went 0-for-5 with an interception, badly missing his receivers and looking like a deer in the headlights at times. 

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Just keep winning 00:01:02
The Giants playoffs hopes are still alive, but the team is focused on one game at a time and winning against the Titans.

The Giants have no choice but to win, win and win again. And even if Big Blue finish their season going 3-0, New York's playoff contention is still uncertain. In fact, it's virtually impossible.

Even so, the Giants must march forward and remain competitive. Quarterback Eli Manning, no stranger to playing with his back against the wall, prefers to take one day at a time. 

"I think it's important to keep the blinders on," Manning said. "Whether you're doing well, you're doing bad, just keep the focus on our preparation of playing for each other."

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Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Pat Shurmur was never going to waver from Eli Manning. 

Despite the Giants head coach at times looking perplexed at his starting quarterback during the team's 1-7 start, Shurmur said he never doubted the 37-year-old. 

"I never did," he told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Tuesday. "I never did."

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