The New York Giants wasted little time in hiring Dave Gettleman to replace Jerry Reese as the team’s general manager. And Gettleman wasted little time in making it very clear that Eli Manning will likely continue to be the franchise’s starting quarterback in 2018.
“Eli’s won a lot of games,” Gettleman said at his introductory press conference on Friday morning. “A great competitor, very intelligent. He and I are going to talk and if what I saw in Philadelphia was not a mirage – and I don’t believe it is – we’ll keep moving.”
Manning’s performance in Philadelphia that Gettleman referenced came in Week 15 against an Eagles defense that is considered to be one of the top units in the league. In the Giants’ 34-29 loss, the two-time Super Bowl MVP completed 37-of-57 passes for 434 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, and a quarterback rating of 98.1. What makes that stat line even more impressive is the fact that Manning accomplished it while throwing to a depleted wide receiver corps that featured Sterling Shepard, Roger Lewis, and Tavarres King.
Later in the press conference when asked if Manning would be the team’s starter in 2018, Gettleman gave a definitive answer.
“As of now, yeah,” Gettleman said.
He did not, however, rule out taking a quarterback in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
“You can never have enough good players at a position.”
After weeks of speculation regarding Manning’s next NFL team, it now appears as though the four-time Pro Bowl selection will continue (and possibly finish) his career in New York.