Geno Smith will start at quarterback for the Giants on Sunday against the Raiders in Oakland, ending Eli Manning's streak of consecutive starts at 210, the Giants announced.
"Geno will start this week," head coach Ben McAdoo said. "Over the last five games, we will take a look at Geno, and we will also give Davis (Webb) an opportunity."
Manning, whose games-started streak was the second-longest ever (behind Brett Favre's 297), was given the option of keeping the streak alive but declined.
"Coach McAdoo told me I could continue to start while Geno and Davis are given an opportunity to play," Manning said in a release. "My feeling is that if you are going to play the other guys, play them. Starting just to keep the streak going and knowing you won't finish the game and have a chance to win it is pointless to me, and it tarnishes the streak. Like I always have, I will be ready to play if and when I am needed. I will help Geno and Davis prepare to play as well as they possibly can."
The Giants, who are 2-9, were eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday.
They are currently in position to get the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, where a highly thought of college quarterback such as Josh Rosen could be.
In the meantime, they'll get a look at Smith, and -- at some point -- Webb.
"This is not the way it should be, but unfortunately, it's where we are," McAdoo said. "Our number one priority every week is to go win a game, but we owe it to the organization to get an evaluation of everybody on the roster, and that includes at the quarterback position. I'll say it again, I have the utmost respect for Eli and everything he has done for this organization throughout his career."
Giants GM Jerry Reese also weighed in on the decision.
"This is not a statement about anything other than we are 2-9, and we have to do what is best for the organization moving forward, and that means evaluating every position," Reese said. "I told Eli this morning that an organization could not ask for any more in a franchise quarterback. He has been that and more. Nobody knows what the future holds, but right now, this is what we think is best for the franchise."