The year of the QB for the Giants continues against the Bears

JAIME C. HARRIS | 8/15/2019, 7:13 p.m.
This year is the year of the quarterback for the Giants. It is about whether rookie Daniel Jones will be ...
Golden Tate

This year is the year of the quarterback for the Giants. It is about whether rookie Daniel Jones will be inserted as the starter before the season ends or if Eli Manning will firmly maintain the position he has held since his rookie season of 2004 for the entire 16-game schedule in the final year of his contract.

So it was expected that Giants president John Mara would be subject to numerous questions from reporters at training camp this week regarding the two QBs. “So far, so good,” said Mara in response to Jones’ progress. “He’s everything that we thought he would be. He’s been terrific on the practice field, did a good job the other night. I think people need to temper their enthusiasm a little bit. It’s one preseason game, one series, but so far, so good.”

Jones was 5-5 including a 12-yard touchdown pass to receiver Bennie Fowler in his one series leading the offense. “I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” said Mara. “That would be an ideal world. You’d like to see that. Again, at the end of the day, it’s going to be a decision by the head coach as to when or if Daniel ends up playing this year.”

The Giants, who will host the Bears at MetLife Stadium tomorrow night in their second preseason game, are not a playoff team, neither by the eye test, analytics or common logic. They have two of the most talented teams in the league in their division—the NFC East—in the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, and always have tough battles against longtime rival Washington.

It’s a numbers game. Even if the Giants go 3-3 versus their four aforementioned division opponents, they’ll have to win a minimum six of their 10 non-division games and likely achieve a record of 7-3 to finish at 10-6 and a realistic chance to earn a wild card berth.

Coming off a 6-10 season and losing a significant amount of talent and production in the persons of Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon in separate trades with the Cleveland Browns, and safety Landon Collins to Washington in free-agency, the Giants will have little margin for error. They’ll begin the regular season with wide receiver Golden Tate serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Tate will miss the season opener versus the Cowboys as well as games against the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington. His appeal to the

suspension was denied by the NFL as Tate claimed the positive test was the result of him taking legally prescribed medication. Tate, a 10-year veteran, was signed by the Giants in March as a free-agent after playing seven games for the Lions and then eight for the Eagles last season.