As Profootballtalk.com's Mike Florio suggested this week, as the Giants move forward with Daniel Jones
at quarterback, the move needs to be unequivocal, unconditional, and irreversible. Otherwise, the development of Jones could suffer.
For that reason, Florio believes it could make sense for the Giants to sever ties with Eli Manning
How would that happen?
Florio went on to note a retirement that would entail Manning getting a chunk of the remaining $10.4 million in 2019 base salary. If Manning isn’t interested in that, Florio believes the Giants should seriously consider simply cutting the cord on Eli and moving on.
Even if it means paying him the full amount of the remaining $10.4 million he’s owed.
That's because even if Eli is all in and the team will treat Jones as QB1 and Eli as QB2 with no chance of further flip-flopping, the media and fans could clamor for Eli to be reinstalled as the team’s quarterback, if Jones struggles.
While Jones may have the mental toughness to withstand those catcalls, it would be better for them to not happen at all.
They won’t happen if Eli isn’t on the team.
For now, of course, he is and Jones will make the start against Tampa Bay today.
Running back Saquon Barkley
doesn’t have much more experience than his new quarterback, but the year under his belt is enough for him to get asked about what advice
he’s giving his Giants teammate.
Barkley said he told Jones to “be you” because he’s here for a reason and has already impressed both the organization and his teammates. The move to Jones jumpstarts the future of the Giants franchise as the plan is for Jones and Barkley to be the foundation for winning seasons in years to come, but Barkley said that he’s not overlooking the potential for better results in the present as well.
“I guess you could say the future,” Barkley said, via the New York Post. “Just more excited for him getting out there and playing in the NFL. We also understand that there is no need to panic, but we understand we’re 0-2 and we have to do things to get things going, get things rolling, and why not start it this week and go down there against Tampa against a great team, a great defense, and great defensive coaches and try to come out there with a win.”
With 227 rushing yards through the first two weeks, Barkley’s been one of the lone highlights for the Giants.
Defenses will be keying on him while they make Jones prove he can beat them, which makes Jones’s first challenge as an NFL starter an obvious one.
So who helps Jones prove that?
As ESPN.com's Mike Clay notes, after exploding for 11 catches, 116 yards and a score on 14 targets in Week 1, Evan Engram
regressed to a 6-48-0 line on eight targets in Week 2, which was still enough for a top-12 fantasy week. Engram has been on the field for 77 percent of New York's snaps and has run a route on 77 of 95 pass plays.
His 22 targets are tied for seventh most in the entire league, and his 36 OFP trails only Zach Ertz
(42) and Kelce (37) at tight end. Clay views Engram as a slam dunk top-five fantasy tight end regardless of QB.
Also worth noting, Sterling Shepard
returns from last week's concussion-related absence.
As FantasyPros' Mike Tagliere notes, the cornerbacks are the weak point of the Bucs defense, and it just so happens that their worst one may be covering Shepard 70 percent of the time.
M.J. Stewart was a second-round pick of the Bucs last year who’s not been very good in coverage, allowing a massive 77.6 percent completion rate along with six touchdowns on just 49 targets in his coverage. The one passing touchdown the Bucs allowed this year was on him.
With Cody Latimer
(concussion) already ruled out and Bennie Fowler
(hamstring) questionable, it's fair to keep your fantasy focus on Barkley, Engram and Shepard.