Earlier this week Eli Manning was informed that he would no longer serve as the team’s starting QB. Instead, the team wanted to go in a new direction and see what Geno Smith and Davis Webb had in the tank. The move was surprising to everyone including Manning who struggled to hold back tears in his first interview since learning about the benching.
A number of current and former players publically called out the Giants organization and coaching staff for their treatment of the two-time Super Bowl Champion. Manning was supposed to be the No. 2 QB for this week’s game against the Raiders behind Geno Smith and with that has come a new responsibility most quarterbacks of Manning’s stature don’t ever have to deal with, the scout team.
For those who are unfamiliar with the scout team and its responsibilities, the team is used to practice and simulate that week’s opponent. Manning spent practice pretending to be Derek Carr.
The whole situation caught the team off guard and many said that it was weird seeing Manning running with the practice squad but said that nothing has changed as far as his performances. He’s still “throwing dimes.”
Different reports have Manning leaving the team one way or another at the end of the season. The Giants could trade him or release the veteran quarterback so that he could be free to sign where ever he chooses. The Broncos and Cardinals have been rumored as two of the top landing spots for the 36-year-old veteran.
For what it is worth, the Giants front office also said that Manning’s time as the starting quarterback wasn’t necessarily over but it’s hard to imagine that this relationship will be fixed.