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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the aftermath of the Giants' 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the star of the show was asked an awkward question about the difference between being 2-4 -- as the Giants would have been if they lost -- and 3-3. It wasn't a brilliant question, and Odell Beckham, Jr. said he wasn't sure how to answer.

"I don't know," he said. "You want to win."

That's true. And now that they finally have for the first time since Week 2, the Giants want to do it again. Because, as Beckham said later, that's really the only way to answer all the questions about the Giants, to know if this win was an anomaly or the start of a trend.

"I think we're on the way," he said. "It's only one game. We have to go out next week and do the same thing. That's the only way you're going to be able to tell if you're hitting your stride."

So maybe they'll know more on Sunday morning when they face the Los Angeles Rams in London. But there were some positive signs from their win over the Ravens that show maybe they are hitting their stride. It wasn't all good. It wasn't all pretty. But it's all covered in my 10 takeaways from the Giants' win:

1.) It's hard to say much more about Beckham's performance on an injured hip than I already said in my post-game column. But one thing I did leave out was that Eli Manning explained one reason for Beckham's breakout was that they were getting "looks" from the defense that they hadn't seen in weeks. That may be true, but the Giants can be better at dictating those looks. A great example was the first touchdown when Beckham used his "whirlybird" spin move after faking an inside route. That "lulled the corner to sleep" as Manning said and moved the safety, freeing Beckham to be all alone. I know it's not easy, but Beckham is obviously such a weapon the prime task of the Giants' offense has to be to free him up. He's been the major focus of defeneses since his rookie season and that never stopped the Giants from getting him the ball in position to make a big play. It can't stop them now.

2.) Can we stop the talk of Eli Manning being "in decline" now? He was 32 of 46 for 403 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. One of those came on the last play of the first half as they were desperately trying to get into field goal range, so it did no damage, and the other came when receiver Sterling Shepard fell (and may have been interfered with earlier in his route). Here's the thing about Manning's "decline": It was all based on two bad games on the road where his offensive line wasn't good. Yes, at times he's looked off, but he can still make pinpoint throws and he doesn't appear to have lost any arm strength. So with no signs of a physical decline, it's hard to imagine he's experiencing a mental one at 35 years old. Anyway, except for a slow start, he was mostly brilliant on Sunday. And yeah, so was Beckham, but only one of Beckham's big plays was a short throw where the receiver did the rest. Manning gets some credit for Beckham's day, too.

3.) The pass-protection from the offensive line was definitely better, though the run-blocking left a lot to be desired. One note on the pass-blocking, though: Left tackle Ereck Flowers nearly got Manning killed twice, including on one of his touchdown passes. I know Terrell Suggs is a handful for anyone and it's not exactly fair to grade Flowers' entire game on a couple of plays. But that's the life of a left tackle, especially one who was a Top 10 pick. He's got to be better.

4.) WR Dwayne Harris played two offensive plays. Both were short-yardage runs. Neither worked. He was in there basically as an extra blocker. Now, aside from the fact that the Giants weren't fooling anyone -- as soon as he came in, everyone in the stadium knew it was a run since he hasn't been used in the passing game all year -- Harris is 5-10, 202. The fact that he's the extra blocker in those situations is alarming. It speaks volumes for what the Giants think about the blocking of their tight ends, and it doesn't say anything great about how ready tackle Will Beatty is to get on the field. I mean, Beatty is 6-6, 319 and has six years of NFL experience as a starting tackle. He's really not ready enough to get on the field to block for two basic running plays?

5.) The Giants' lack of a consistent pass rush is still alarming, but overall I thought the defense was much better. Until late, their only touchdown came off a short field following Beckham's fumble. And their goal-line stand was absolutely brilliant. That fourth-down play where they stretched Ravens running back Terrance West out and linebacker Jonathan Casillas shed his blocker to ram West out of bounds was a textbook definition of how to defend that play, especially since little-used linebacker Mark Herzlich was right there, too. The first-down tackle by linebacker Devon Kennard and safety Landon Collins, holding West just short of the end zone was a thing of beauty, too. So was Jonathan Hankins' third-down arm tackle of West trying to leap over the pile. They gave up almost 400 yards and West and quarterback Joe Flacco ended up having good numbers, but I don't think that really tells the story of how effective the defense was.

6.) The pass interference call on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was just … I mean … I've watched it over and over and I don't see anything. Fox's Mike Pereira, the former NFL officiating czar, theorized on Twitter that maybe the officials mixed up offense and defense -- which if true is pretty inexcusable, especially at that stage of the game. But I've looked at it many, many times and I don't see anything. On TV they theorized that DRC has his right arm around the receiver. I couldn't see that either, but there's almost no way that back judge Steve Freeman could've seen it since he had basically the same angle we had on TV. It was just a truly horrible call. … I know some fans were up in arms about the roughing the passer call a little later on Giants DE Owa Odighizuwa. Sorry, that one was good. He took two, maybe three steps after Flacco released the ball and then hit him. It's an easy call.

7.) I don't know why Dwayne Harris is fielding punts inside the 10 yard line. He made fair catches at the 8 and the 7 and fielded one at the 5 that he returned for six yards. Isn't it worth the risk to let the punt bounce? Maybe it goes into the end zone for a touchback. Maybe it bounces forward. OK yes, if he lets it go perhaps the other team downs it closer to the goal line. But if you're already at the 8 or 7, it's not like they can get much closer. The fair catches especially feel like a big waste for me.

8.) Late in the first half, the Giants stopped the Ravens on third down to force a punt and McAdoo called his final timeout, which I liked. It gave the offense a little more time to try to get into field goal range. Yes, they wouldn't have any timeouts left, but there are ways to control the clock when the ball is in your hands. But here's what I don't get: The play ended at 1:19. The timeout didn't occur until 1:09. That's a waste of 10 seconds -- 10 seconds that could've come in handy when the offense ran out of time on their final drive of the half. Their last rushed play was run from the Baltimore 45 with eight seconds left. With 10 more seconds they wouldn't have had to rush and might've had another play left. (And oh, by the way, the officials' whistle can be heard on TV at 1:11, yet the clock kept running until 1:09. Bad job by the officials again there, and someone on the Giants should've been watching that. Every second counts).

9.) Eli Manning and Victor Cruz have looked very out of sync lately. One week after Cruz had zero catches, miscommunications between the two nearly led to two interceptions. On the first, Cruz cut in and Manning seemed to be throwing him an out route. The result was a pass about five yards behind him. On another, Cruz took off on a go-route while Manning threw as if he was supposed to run a slant. He ended up throwing it right into the hands of a defender and it was nearly picked off. Cruz ended up with three catches for 31 yards on seven targets, but they really do look off.

10.) I feel like there should be more positive things to say out of a win, but the story of this game was really Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and the goal-line stand. One particularly negative thing: The Giants' rushing attack. They ran the ball just 17 times for 38 yards. And considering they threw the ball 46 times, it's like they really didn't try to run at all. Keep in mind they played with a lead most of the game and were never down more than 10 points. Yet they call plays like they're down 30 all the time. Or maybe they just don't trust their ability to run. Either way, opposing defensive coordinators can see that, too.

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Mark Herzlich, Owa Odighizuwa, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones drove down the field late in the game, running in for the game-winning touchdown with 1:16 remaining.

It was Jones' fourth total touchdown on the day, as the rookie threw for two scores and ran for two more in his debut start. The Giants got their first win of the season, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-31.

Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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 (Kim Klement)
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When Daniel Jones took off, Sterling Shepard knew.

The seven-yard touchdown scramble by Jones -- one of two Sunday for the rookie quarterback -- with 1:16 left in the fourth quarter completed the Week 3 comeback from down 18 points as the Giants pulled off the 32-31 win over the Buccaneers.

Shepard, who caught seven passes for 100 yards and a seven-yard touchdown pass to trim Tampa Bay's 28-25 lead, had the best seat in the house for the game-winning touchdown by Jones.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

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TAMPA - Daniel Jones lit a spark under the Giants on Sunday night, and brought a sense of hope and optimism the organization hasn't felt in years.

But the sight of Saquon Barkley on crutches, with a walking boot on his right ankle, was enough to wipe all of those good vibes away.

Barkley, the Giants' best player and one of the most prolific running backs in the NFL, suffered what a source confirmed is a high ankle sprain in the second quarter of the Giants' 32-31. That's not a one-week injury. In fact, the recovery time for that is often more than a month. He'll know more after he undergoes an MRI on Monday.

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Daniel Jones dazzle in debut 00:01:20
Daniel Jones led the Giants to a one point win without Barkley for most of the game. Ralph Vacchanio argues it was the best debut possible

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There was a moment in the second quarter when the mild-mannered, squeaky-clean rookie quarterback shocked his teammates with his mouth. He came roaring into the huddle, screaming at everyone, yelling, "Let's go f----ing score."

They loved it. And on that particular drive, they did.

But when the ultimate moment arrived, with the Giants down six and 75 yards and a little more than three minutes to go to victory, Daniel Jones took a different approach when he approached the huddle. He came out confident and calm, saying, "Let's go win this game, boys."

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Giants star running back Saquon Barkley left Sunday's game against the Buccaneers during the second quarter with a high ankle sprain, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The Giants will learn more abut Barkley's injury on Monday after the running back undergoes an MRI.

Barkley was tackled down on the left sideline and landed awkwardly, coming up and immediately hopping on one leg, keeping his other off the ground and was noticeably wincing in pain.

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Giants react to first win 00:01:05
Daniel Jones debut was everything a rookie could ask for. He led his team down the stretch to win from behind 32-31.

After the Giants' 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon, the Daniel Jones doubters were silenced.

The rookie quarterback made his first career start, and got his first win after throwing for 336 yards and two touchdowns. Jones also showed off his running ability, gaining 28 yards rushing and scoring two touchdowns on the ground.

Head coach Pat Shurmur was proud of Jones' performance, and was confident in his ability at the NFL level.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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TAMPA - It was a dazzling debut for Daniel Jones.

Just in case anyone still doubted the Giants knew what they were doing when they made the 22-year-old quarterback the sixth overall pick in the draft, he put on a clinic in his first NFL start on Sunday afternoon. He not only completed 23 of 36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns, but he engineered an Eli Manning-like, game-winning drive in the final 3 ½ minutes.

It ended on a 4th and 5 from the Bucs 7 when he dropped back, watched as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense parted like a red sea around him, and he took off up the middle, untouched, for a touchdown that gave the Giants a 32-31 lead with 1:16 remaining.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Daniel Jones lived up to the hype in his first career start, running for a pair of seven-yard touchdowns -- including the game-winner scramble with 1:16 left -- Sunday during the Giants' 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

At the end of the Giants' eight play, 75-yard drive -- which started with 3:16 left in the fourth quarter -- Jones dropped back on a fourth-and-five pass.

As the middle of the field opened up, Jones tucked the ball and ran seven yards untouched, across the goal line and into the end zone for the Giants' first lead all game.

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Sep 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) knocks down a pass by Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) knocks down a pass by Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree injured his hamstring in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers and will not return today.

He seemed to pull his hamstring after running down the field with what he thought was a recovered fumble after Dexter Lawrence knocked the ball out of Jameis Winston's hand on a throw. Ogletree slowed down on the run and was knocked over by Jabrill Peppers, who wanted the linebacker to keep on running. 

The play was called dead and was ruled an incomplete pass by Winston. 

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Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

If you thought Friday's news that the Patriots were releasing Antonio Brown would be the end of his time in the news cycle, you were sorely mistaken.

Rather than suiting up for New England to face the Jets on Sunday, the embattled wide receiver spent his morning on Twitter, where he announced he was not planning on playing in the NFL again, before turning his attention to former Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and FS1's Shannon Sharpe


The 0-2 Giants head to Tampa Bay to face the 1-1 Bucs on Sunday. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Sept. 22, 2019 at 4:05 p.m. ET

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Sterling Shepard

The Giants won't have worry about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first-round pick in linebacker Devin White this week. 

The Bucs ruled White out for their Week 3 meeting with the Giants due to a knee injury. In addition, linebacker Devante Bond (hamstring), cornerback Jamel Dean (ankle) and quarterback Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) are all also out for the Bucs this week. 

White was the fifth-overall pick, one spot before the Giants selected Daniel Jones, at the 2019 NFL draft. Jones is of course making his NFL debut against the Bucs on Sunday. 

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After regular season-opening losses to the Dallas Cowboys (35-17, Sept. 8) and Buffalo Bills (28-14, Sept. 15) in which the offense's ineptitude plagued the team over the course of the first two games, the Giants put their future for 2019 and beyond into Daniel Jones when they face the Tampa Bay Bucanneers.

Ahead of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. kickoff from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the Giants (0-2) turned to the rookie quarterback after second-year head coach Pat Shurmur named the No. 6 overall 2019 NFL draft pick the starter over 16th-year veteran Eli Manning.

While the Giants' move from Manning to Jones assumes that the team has given up on its win-now mode and begun the rebuild, Shurmur emphasized Friday from Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, why the decision took place now.

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Daniel Jones era begins 00:01:31
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports on the debut of Daniel Jones as the starting quarterback of the Giants and the challenges he faces

The Daniel Jones era officially begins on Sunday.

And while it may be earlier than many people expected, the sixth-overall pick will take over the reins of the Giants' offense from Eli Manning as the team faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano notes, though, Giants fans shouldn't expect it to always be a smooth ride with a rookie under center.

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Pat Shurmur's hot seat 00:01:14
After switching to Daniel Jones, Ralph Vacchinao argues the Giants will take a hard look at Pat Shurmur and his offense.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Eli Manning raised his last Super Bowl trophy on Feb. 5, 2012, he was at the top of his game. He had carried the Giants that season. He insisted he was "elite" and backed it up.

He had also just turned 31, right in a quarterback's prime, poised for some of the best years of his career.

Then the Giants went out and wasted it all.

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Sterling Shepard talks new QB 00:01:11
Giants WR Sterling Shepard talks about returning from a concussion, and returning to a new QB, as Daniel Jones takes over for Eli Manning.

As the Giants shift from veteran Eli Manning to rookie Daniel Jones ahead of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wide receiver remains in question after Cody Latimer made for the latest key absence.

The sixth-year wide receiver, who bumped up the depth chart in each of the 2019 season's first two games after the Giants lost Sterling Shepard last week to a concussion while Golden Tate served the first half of a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, will miss Week 3 with a concussion.

Latimer's second injury came after he entered Week 2 last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, a 28-14 loss at MetLife Stadium that dropped the Giants to 0-2 on the early year, a game in which he was already questionable for following his calf issue earlier last week.

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Barkley reacts to Jones starting 00:01:28
Saquon Barkley reacts to the Giants starting Daniel Jones. He's excited for what it potentially means for him.

Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones, the Giants' last two first-round picks, will be on the field together for the first time in a regular season game on Sunday. The transition has been made from veteran Eli Manning to usher in this new era of Giants football. 

"I guess you can say the future, but like I said, just more excited for him," Barkley told reporters on Thursday.

The dynamic running back has already proven his worth to the team and the rest of the league, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year last season while catapulting his name into the discussion of best running back in the NFL. It's only been one year, but you can say Barkley has already paid his dues and earned the respect of his teammates. There's a "C" on his chest for a reason.

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The Daniel Jones effect 00:01:29
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down how switching to Daniel Jones will have a domino effect on players like Saquon Barkley.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard has been cleared concussion protocol on Thursday, according to the team's latest injury report. He should be set to play on Sunday in Tampa Bay against the Bucs.

Shepard was a full go at practice on Thursday, not wearing his yellow non-contact jersey that he had on Wednesday. He has been in the protocol since suffering the concussion after Week 1's loss to the Cowboys.

Shepard getting cleared on Thursday would seem to bode well for his chances of suiting up on Sunday against the Bucs, during what will be Daniel Jones' debut as the Giants' starter.

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman stayed mum as his team made the franchise-altering switch from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones. But one of his former players -- who has bashed him before -- is back for more. And it has nothing to do with the Manning situation.

"No dignity at all," former Giant Landon Collins told Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media when discussing Gettleman getting rid of him after last season. "I didn't know what was going on. He's a liar. He lied to everybody. So that's a man I do not trust. I would hope nobody else would, too."

Collins added that Gettleman did not talk to him at all before his Giants tenure ended.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning will go down as the greatest quarterback in Giants history, an icon of the franchise, and a symbol of their most recent championship era. It is a lock, obviously, that he will one day be placed in the Giants Ring of Honor.

But it is far from a lock that he will end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He may have a Hall of Fame-caliber resume: two championship rings and gaudy career statistics that rank him in the NFL's Top 10 of all-time. But he is not viewed universally as a sure-fire Hall of Famer. Among the 48 voters who will eventually decide his fate, there is considerable doubt that could even derail his candidacy completely.

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Dave Gettleman/Eli Manning
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants believed they had a chance to be a playoff contender this season, and they made a huge bet that Eli Manning could be the one to lead them there. GM Dave Gettleman believed he could do it with a better offensive line in front of him. Pat Shurmur said multiple times he thought Manning had "years" left in his stellar career.

They were so sure that they brought Manning back despite an $11.5 million salary, a $5 million roster bonus, and the fact that he would cost them $23.2 million under the NFL's salary cap.

What a colossal waste of money that turned out to be.

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It makes complete sense that Daniel Jones' odds to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award would take a pretty big jump after being named the Giants starting quarterback over Eli Manning this week. 

But exactly how much have they moved?

According to BetOnline via Odds Shark, Jones has jumped to the second-best odds to win the hardware. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy while celebrating his team's 21-17 win over New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy while celebrating his team's 21-17 win over New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip)

The Eli Manning Era with the Giants has come to an end after 15 years and two Super Bowl titles.

Click below to take a look back at 10 moments that defined Manning's career with Big Blue...

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Jones on being named Giants QB 00:01:49
New York Giants new starting quarterback Daniel Jones discusses his new promotion and what he's learned from former starter Eli Manning

For the first time in his NFL career, Daniel Jones walked up to the podium on Wednesday afternoon as the starting quarterback of the New York Giants. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur made the move from Eli Manning to Jones after just two games, with the Giants falling quickly to 0-2. The torch is now passed to the young Duke product the team drafted No. 6 overall, and he stood confidently on that podium to say he's ready for the opportunity. 

"I'm ready to embrace it," Jones told reporters when asked about the responsibility of being the Giants' starting quarterback. "I think focusing on what we're doing here, focusing on what we're doing in the building in the preparation with my teammates and coaches. To be here in the moment, this week is important with that. Certainly feel like I can embrace that and looking forward to the opportunity."

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning

While speaking on Wednesday about being replaced as the Giants' starting quarterback by Daniel Jones and serving as his mentor, Eli Manning also left the door open to waiving his no-trade clause and winding up elsewhere before the season ends.

"Haven't thought much past this week, so just kind of taking it day-by-day and figuring that out," Manning said when asked if he anticipated being with the Giants for the remainder of the season.

"I'm just taking it day by day and figuring out how to run the scout team," Manning said when asked point blank if he would waive his no-trade clause.

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Shurmur, Eli on Jones promotion 00:01:10
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and quarterback Eli Manning discuss Daniel Jones being the Giants new starting quarterback.

Giants QB Eli Manning was relatively stoic while speaking to reporters for roughly six minutes on Wednesday morning -- one day after being replaced as the starter by Daniel Jones.

Here are the takeaways...

On his reaction to the news and how things ended up:

"You can wish all you want. That's not the way it played out. In some ways, I signed up for this knowing when you draft a young quarterback, this can happen. ... Knew it was a possibility. Just said, 'hey I'll handle it. I'll support Daniel,' do what I'm told. ... When you're a football player, you do what your told."

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Pat Shurmur
Pat Shurmur

The Giants are transitioning to rookie QB Daniel Jones as their starter heading into Tampa Bay for Week 3 against the Bucs. It took head coach Pat Shurmur only two games with veteran Eli Manning leading the offense to think a switch was needed, and he explained why he made the call now.

The official announcement came Tuesday via the Giants' Twitter account that Jones was being named the starter this week, and Shurmur said that it was a decision he told both parties about before getting right back to his weekly routine. 

"I talked to all the parties involved yesterday morning and then I quickly got back to work," Shurmur said.

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

On Monday, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur shocked many when he refused to name Eli Manning the Giants' starter for Week 3. On Tuesday, Shurmur went all the way, naming Daniel Jones the starter -- effectively ending the Eli Manning Era in New York.

Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

As rookie quarterback Daniel Jones takes over the Giants' offense for 17th-year veteran Eli Manning, a decision announced Tuesday by New York, the crosstown starter has an idea of what the transition will be like.

Just last year, fresh off the Jets making him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Sam Darnold ascended to the top of the depth chart and began his rookie season with the Jets as the team's starter.

Now in his second year with New York while he works back from mononucleosis, Darnold understands that the news can be tough for Manning to process, but the development should only help Jones as the Giants move forward.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

There has been quarterback carnage all around the NFL early this season and plenty of teams that probably could use a veteran like Eli Manning if he were available.

But Manning has a full no-trade clause in his contract, and according to multiple sources he has no immediate plans to waive it.

At least not yet.

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Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have officially transitioned to their rookie quarterback in Daniel Jones, with veteran signal caller Eli Manning backing him up this week down in Tampa. 

Manning has given Big Blue 16 years as their franchise quarterback, but the Giants believe it is time for a new era in the organization. As one would expect, though, some of Manning's old teammates have come out to show their appreciation for -- and even defense -- their quarterback. 

Shaun O'Hara, who was Manning's center in his final seven seasons of his career, was one that didn't like the move at all by his former team. Here's what the NFL Network analyst had to say...

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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

While Giants head coach Pat Shurmur opened the door on Monday for Daniel Jones to replace Eli Manning as the starting quarterback sooner rather than later, the team's announcement on Twitter on Tuesday morning was still shocking to see.

The Eli Manning Era is over, as he will be the backup to Jones in Week 3 on Sunday when the Giants take on the Bucs in Tampa.

But why now? Here are three reasons why the Giants might have chosen this exact moment to make the change... 

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Eli Manning

When the Giants made their last big, permanent quarterback switch 15 years ago, Kurt Warner didn't see it coming. He wasn't happy. He thought he had more time. He was sure he was still the Giants best quarterback.

But as soon as they told him he was being benched for a young Eli Manning nine games into the 2004 season, Warner made it clear to the Giants they should never put him back in.

He knew then what Pat Shurmur needs to know now: Once a move this big is made, there's no turning back. No matter what happens over the next 14 games, no matter how much Jones may struggle, no matter how many losses pile up, Daniel Jones is the Giants quarterback and it has to stay that way.

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Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)
Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)

Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has been named the starter for Week 3 in Tampa, meaning the Eli Manning Era is officially over in New York. So what's next?

Manning's days with the Giants may be done under center, but that doesn't mean he can't find playing time elsewhere. There are a few quarterback-needy teams out there that could look to add the veteran signal caller. 

Now Manning does have the ball in his court with a no-trade clause, so the Giants can't simply get rid of him. Nor would they considering what he has meant to the franchise for the past 16 years. 

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Vacchiano talks Daniel Jones 00:01:55
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reacts to Daniel Jones being named starting QB for the Giants, and looks at why they made the move now.

The Giants have named Daniel Jones their starting quarterback, the team announced Tuesday morning on Twitter.

"Eli (Manning) and I spoke this morning," Shurmur said in a release issued by the team. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday."

With the Giants 0-2, Shurmur explained why now was the right time for the move.

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 (Jerome Miron)
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

If the Giants are looking for the perfect spot to make the switch and give 22-year-old Daniel Jones his first NFL start, this isn't it.

But there are ideal windows coming soon.

Now, the Giants may decide that the situation doesn't matter or they may feel like they don't have a choice. They may decide to name Jones their starting quarterback for this Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, even if the situation isn't ideal. The reality is that teams can't always choose a perfect spot for a rookie quarterback to make his debut.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants fell to 0-2 after a loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 on Sunday and veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins let his thoughts fly. 

Following the game, Jenkins was highly critical of his team's pass rush. 

"When you've got time [to throw] and you ain't getting no pressure, I can't cover nobody for 10 seconds," Jenkins said. "Who can cover somebody for 10 seconds? Go look at the first five seconds of the route. He's not open."

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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stretches during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stretches during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Before the regular season began, Odell Beckham Jr. made headlines in late August when his wide-ranging interview with Sports Illustrated went viral.

The former Giants wide receiver told Ben Baskin of SI that New York sent him to the Browns "to die," setting off his latest disgruntled comments about his team from 2014-18.

Prior to Week 2's 8:15 p.m. kickoff against the New York Jets on ESPN, Beckham further explained those words in an interview aired during the Monday Night Football pregame show with Randy Moss.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

The Giants waived RB Paul Perkins on Monday, in order to make room for rookie TE Kaden Smith, who was claimed off waivers after being let go by the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.

Perkins, a former fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft by the Giants, had previously been inactive for New York in both games to start the season, and missed all of the 2018 season on the reserve/non-injury list after tearing his pectoral muscle last offseason.

The UCLA product played a total of 25 games for the Giants, racking up 546 rushing yards on 153 attempts (3.6 YPA) and another 208 receiving yards on 23 catches.

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Eli Manning

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The Eli Manning Era is over, whether the Giants are ready to make it official or not.

It came to an end on Monday morning when Pat Shurmur reversed course and flung open the door he had been trying so hard to keep closed. Just 20 hours after he said it wasn't time to have the conversation, he decided "it's fair" to now talk about benching the 38-year-old Manning in favor of 22-year-old rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

At that moment, Manning was done. Only the final arrangements need to be ironed out.

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Eli addresses starting status 00:00:53
With the Giants at 0-2, Pat Shurmur and Eli Manning acknowledge the questions surrounding the starting status of Eli under center.

After saying following Sunday's loss that Eli Manning's status as the starting quarterback wasn't in question heading into Week 3 against the Bucs, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur made a stunning 180 on Monday afternoon.

"We're gonna talk about everything moving forward. I think that's fair at this point," Shurmur said. "To this point what we've done hasn't been good enough."

Shurmur added that he understood what his comments would cause when it comes to media and fan reaction.

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

After the Giants dropped their first two games of the season, head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Monday that the team will be looking at everything to make the proper changes to grab a win in Week 3. 

And that includes the quarterback position. 

When asked if Eli Manning will be the starter still this week, Shurmur wouldn't commit to his veteran quarterback.

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Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

Eli Manning and the Giants suffered yet another loss on Sunday against the Bills, moving their season quickly to 0-2. 

But the loss also moved Manning's career record to a number he probably doesn't want to see. 

Manning is now 116-116, a .500 career record. That means next week against the Bucs on the road, Manning could dip under that mark and own a losing record for his career. 

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Time is running out on the Eli Manning Era, whether Pat Shurmur wants to talk about it or not. Pretty soon there will be nothing to play for in this lost season. The Giants, very clearly, are a mess.

Ironically, that might be the truth that sets Manning free to extend his Giants career a little longer. Because why in the world would the Giants want to throw a rookie quarterback into the middle of this?

Seriously, at this point, that's the best argument for keeping Daniel Jones, the Giants' future franchise quarterback, on the sidelines as this already miserable season unravels. For all who hope that he would be a better option than a 38-year-old Manning, the reality is that he's still a 22-year-old kid who is learning on the job. That's not always the easiest thing to do in the best of circumstances.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants' veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins was quite angry after the team's 28-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.

"We have to make some changes, we have to make fixes. Everybody has to make corrections. Like I said, he can't just stand back there and pat the ball with no pressure," said Jenkins, according to Tom Rock of Newsday Sports.

The Bills offense racked up 388 total yards, as quarterback Josh Allen went 19 for 30 passing with 253 yards and one touchdown. Allen was sacked just three times, as the Giants defense gave very little pressure, allowing for Allen to take his time in the pocket.

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Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins and Saquon Barkley on disappointment of o-2 after today's loss to Bills

It was deja vu for the Giants. 

They put together a solid first drive of the game with Saquon Barkley capping it off with a 27-yard run. But all 75 yards came on the ground -- Barkley with 55 and Bennie Fowler getting a 20-yard sweep play as well. 

Eli Manning in the passing game during this home opener just didn't work. And the 28-14 on the scoreboard in favor of the Bills was the result. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants defense is a disaster and nothing -- not Saquon Barkley, not a quarterback change, not a miracle -- is going to help them salvage the season if the defense continues to play like this.

For the second straight week, the defense was barely a speed bump on the road to another loss, especially in the first half as the Giants fell into a deep hole. The Buffalo Bills racked up 260 yards in the first half alone and scored on three of their first four possessions, all while second-year quarterback Josh Allen was made to look like Johnny Unitas. It all unraveled in a 28-14 loss to the Bills that could have been -- and probably should have been -- worse.

And it's nothing new either. The pass rush is simply nonexistent. Linebacker Markus Golden, imported from Arizona in the hopes that he could revive his career after an ACL injury, had a sack on the second drive. That was good. That was also one of the few times the Giants' pass rush got anywhere near Allen all game. He had all day long to throw, and when he did leave the pocket, no one could catch him.

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 (Jerome Miron)
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Giants WR Cody Latimer has left today's game against the Bills with a concussion. 

Latimer made a crucial fourth-down grab, but caught a helmet to helmet tackle from Bills S Jordan Poyer. He immediately went to the Giants' medical tent to be evaluated. 

Latimer, who was initially expected to be out with a calf injury, saw three catches on five targets for 30 yards before his departure. He now joins Sterling Shepard as another receiver with a concussion. 

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Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)
Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)

If Week 1 taught us anything about who Eli Manning wants to target in the passing game this year, it's his young TE Evan Engram

Engram led the Giants with 14 targets, 11 catches, 116 yards and the lone touchdown catch of the game for the Giants. And numbers like that should continue for the third-year Ole Miss product that was drafted with the hope of putting up numbers like this. 

With Sterling Shepard out with a concussion for this week's matchup against the Bills, Engram may be relied on even more by Manning when he drops back to pass. Cody Latimer was upgraded to active, but he only saw three catches on his eight targets. Engram was creating problems for the Cowboys' linebackers, finding opening in the middle of the field to gain some solid yardage.

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