Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
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Giants' Eli Manning won't give 'cold shoulder' to a rookie QB

Giants' Eli Manning won't give 'cold shoulder' to a rookie QB

"My job's to play quarterback, and their job's to draft the best guys for the team, for the future", Manning told WFAN's "The Afternoon Drive" on Monday.

Even with a late season bungling of their quarterback situation, the Giants have left no doubt that they are planning to enter 2018 with Eli Manning as their quarterback.

Manning is coming off one of his worst seasons since his rookie year.

ESPN's Todd McShay has Darnold ranked as the No. 2 available prospect in the 2018 Draft, while Allen is ranked No. 14 overall.

"Every year, you've got backup quarterbacks and they're usually going to be younger than you", Manning said.

In 15 starts, Manning finished the season with 3,468 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. And if he has to do it NFL-style, who better than two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning? "I think you're always trying to help other guys and talk, but I think that's just part of being a quarterback". "In that process, you are always talking football, always helping out the other guys in the room".

"No, it wouldn't scare me", he said. With Davis Webb this year, with Geno (Smith), with guys over the years, you're always helping them out and so nothing changes.

Manning's hold on the starting job has gotten stronger since general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur were hired. All I can worry about is doing my job. Manning ultimately returned as the starter the following week, but the Giants eventually will have to start planning its future without him as a factor. "Just congratulated him and said, 'I look forward to working together and getting together and learning this offense.' So he was excited to obviously be there, and I'm excited to work together and get things back right with the New York Giants".

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