By Adam Brown
Former Ole Miss quarterback and New York Giants starter Eli Manning was named the backup to NFL rookie Daniel Jones on Tuesday.
The Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement released on Tuesday that he spoke to Manning and told him they were making a change at quarterback.
“Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday,” Shurmur stated, according to ESPN.com.
This season, Manning entered his sixteenth year at the helm for the Giants. Manning has been the Super Bowl MVP twice during his tenure in the league.
Throughout his career, Manning has made a franchise-record 232 starts while in the big apple.
Jones will make his first career start this Sunday as the Giants are on the road taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The rookie was drafted with the No. 6 overall pick out of the University of Duke.
New York decided to make the decision after starting the season 0-2 by a combined 32 points. The G-men have started 0-2 for the sixth time in seven seasons.