The New York Giants are preparing for a future without quarterback Eli Manning.
Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports the franchise is looking ahead to the future by “focusing on potential franchise quarterbacks who could be available in this year’s NFL draft.”
Unless something bizarre happens from November to the Senior Bowl, the cream of the crop is comprised of USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson.
As for Manning, he’ll be 37 in January. Though his resume is tied to two Super Bowls, he has been to the postseason only once since 2011. That ended in a first-round loss to the Green Bay Packers a season ago.
“Eli, he’s our quarterback,” head coach Ben McAdoo told ESPN. “But that doesn’t mean, at some point in time, we won’t throw another guy in there to get a look at him.”
The Giants also have a rookie stashed behind Manning in Davis Webb, the 6-5 quarterback who started at Texas Tech before finishing out his collegiate tenure at Cal. In his first and only season with the Golden Bears, he threw for 4,925 yards and 37 touchdowns.
The Giants are spiraling and coming off a 51-17 home defeat to the Los Angeles Rams. Not only is New York struggling to a 1-7 record this season, injuries in the skill corps haven’t aided Manning, either.
But it seems as if the Giants front office will opt to use its pieces and add a franchise caliber quarterback in 2018 rather than build around Manning.