The New York Giants are benching quarterback Eli Manning. They want to take a look at backup Geno Smith and rookie Davis Webb.
Manning cannot be thrilled, but it looks like he’s already working hard to get the younger quarterbacks ready, instead of just sleeping in and accepting that he won’t touch the field for the first time in 210 games.
“Bob Papa and I just took a break from our radio show to grab a coffee to see only two Giants players [were] in the cafeteria,” wrote retired Giants offensive tackle David Diehl. “It was Eli Manning sitting next to Davis Webb mentoring him.”
Diehl knows full well what Manning brings to the table. He won a pair of Super Bowls with the Giants, both led by Manning.
This move is also well in keeping with what Manning himself said he’d do when the news broke.
“Coach McAdoo told me I could continue to start while Geno and Davis are given an opportunity to play,” Manning said on Tuesday, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network “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.”
It’s also something Webb says Manning has been doing for a long time.
“I’ve learned something from him every day and I’ve really written them down and I’ve really taken upon myself to kind of – I’ve always kind of idolized Eli and there’s so many quarterbacks I watched growing up, but to kind of be his teammate and see how he does every single day,” Webb said, per Curtis Crabtree of NBC. “His routine didn’t change today and he’s a heck of a teammate, he’s the best quarterback in this franchise’s history.”