On Day 2 of Giants' training camp, GM Dave Gettleman addressed the media on the state of the team as they prepare for the 2019 season.
Here are the takeaways:
Any QB change is Pat Shurmur's decision
Perhaps the biggest storyline heading into the 2019 season is whether or not Eli Manning will be supplanted by rookie Daniel Jones. Head coach Pat Shurmur has said that Jones has exceeded expectations thus far, but Gettleman said they will continue to evaluate "probably once a week in personnel meetings." Whenever the time for a switch does come, that will be up to Shurmur.
"It's Pat. It's a Pat decision," Gettleman said. "We talk all the time to it. We talk a lot. Every day. It's not -- we talk about the whole spiel."
'No more Odell questions'
Odell Beckham Jr. continued to be critical of the Giants and Gettleman, in particular, in a recent GQ story earlier this week. Gettleman, however, was not having any of it when asked to respond.
"How I respond is, Odell plays for the Cleveland Browns now and I wish him the best."
When pressed on a follow-up, Gettleman replied: "No more Odell questions."
Daniel Jones 'great?'
Gettleman has spent most of his time since the NFL Draft defending Jones and continued to do so on Friday when he was asked about the rookie quarterback. The GM was able to expand on it a little more this time, based on the things he has seen since Jones has arrived with the Giants.
"[Look at] all he did out here since his feet have hit the ground, starting with rookie minicamp," Gettleman said. "You guys have seen that and it doesn't resemble football. Our offense looked like football in rookie minicamp. You look at all that stuff, the way he handles you guys, the tough questions, the difficult things, the tough things he's encountered since he's been here and I know he's got the talent. There's no doubt in my mind.
"Think about the great quarterbacks you see.. … The all time great quarterbacks. Think about all the things that made them great. It wasn't just physical qualities. It was the mental qualities. The ability to take responsibility."
So does he see greatness in him?
"I think he's got tremendous upside."
'This isn't Duke'
Gettleman spoke highly of all his rookies, but noted that things are going to be different in the NFL. However, he probably should have used a better example when trying to explain his point.
"I tell Dexter [Lawrence] all the time, you're about to enter a violent world. You've got 28-, 29-year-olds who wanna rip out your lungs. You're not playing Duke, or whomever," he said. "This isn't the ACC. This is the NFL."
Being that he just drafted the future franchise quarterback from Duke, Gettleman probably should've used a different school.
Gettleman would not attach a record or a playoff berth when discussing expectations, instead stressing it was all about improvement.
"I like to that that guys like Saquon [Barkley] and Will [Hernandez] and BJ [Hill] and Lorenzo [Carter] and RJ McIntosh are going to make a significant jump year one to year two," he said. "Then the three first-rounders, the next man, Julian [Love], Corey [Ballentine], they are going to commit and make us better. It's about continuous improvement. I'm not going to put a record on that. It not fair to the kids.
Gettleman was diagnosed with cancer early last year but has since been in remission. The GM got emotional reflecting on the that time.
"A year ago I was fighting for my life," he said as he got teary-eyed. "But I'm here, I'm healthy, I'm feisty. Like I said in my opening presser, I come in every day … I feel good."