Barring something unforeseen, Eli Manning will be the Giants' starting QB when they face the Cowboys in Week 1 in Dallas on Sept. 8 -- no matter how many times Pat Shurmur said Monday that Daniel Jones needs to get ready to potentially play Week 1.
"I view the quarterback position -- you have a starter in Eli, guys behind him and specifcally Daniel Jones that needs to do everything he can to get ready to play Week 1," Shurmur said Monday when asked if it was an open competition. "And that's where we're at."
What about Jones?
"He's just gonna get reps just like every other player," Shurmur said. "He'll be in there competing."
Asked how the presence of Manning would help Jones and vice versa, Shurmur said he thinks "it's good on both counts."
"I think it's a really, really good quarterback room. Two very competitive guys who work well together. Guys are in there just trying to get better with each rep, and they help eachother."
"Just the way quarterbacks communicate," Shurmur added about the specific way the two can benefit from one another. "Dan Jones is trying to learn the offense and get himself ready to play Week 1. And because they have a general respect for one another and because that really is a healthy quarterback room, they both can improve and get better. And I think that's good."
And has there been any tension between the veteran and the rookie?
"No," Shurmur said. "Not at all. These are pros."