Daniel Jones is replacing Eli Manning. It’s not a matter of if, just when. The moment the Giants shockingly selected Jones with the No. 6 pick in the first round of last month’s NFL draft, Manning instantly was allotted only a few sub-par games before he becomes the Giants former starting quarterback.

Manning is 38 and in the final year of his contract with the Giants. Jones turns 22 Monday, May 27. He was drafted to be a franchise quarterback, one who will hold the spot for a decade or better, and help re-establish the Giants as a postseason contender. With Manning, they have missed the playoffs six out of the past seven seasons.

Manning hasn’t been the primary reason the Giants have been awful. He has had to endure playing behind offensive lines that over the course of the past seven seasons have been arguably the worst in the NFL in some of those years. In some of those same seasons the defense has been equally bad.

Nevertheless, Manning has been a convenient scapegoat. He admittedly has had some below average seasons since the Giants last won the Super Bowl in 2011. But good enough in most for the Giants to make the playoffs, which they last did in the 2016.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman puzzlingly said after he scouted the former Duke QB Jones at the Senior Bowl in January, in which he was the game’s MVP, he experienced deep visceral emotions for a quarterback whose college career was slightly above average.

“Frankly, when he walked out there, I saw a professional quarterback,” Gettleman expressed to reporters about Jones subsequent to drafting him. “After the three series that I watched, I saw a professional quarterback so that’s when I was in full bloom love.”

There has been debate as to whether Manning will be open to mentoring Jones. There is no debate that Manning is a competitor and will fight to retain his long-held starting role for at least one more season.

“I think I’ve been doing that the last 11, 12 years,” Manning said of mentoring young players while at the Giants OTAs (organized team activities) this past week.

“I don’t know when you become a mentor, or when that’s official. I think if you’ve been in the league longer than any guy in the quarterback room I think you should be a mentor in that sense where if you know a little bit more and be helpful.”