He confirmed Daniel Jones the ropes, confirmed him how a professional goes about his business, then was thrust into the awkward position as quarterback whisperer for the primary time in his Only A Giant career.
And now, on the Sunday when the Giants will retire Eli Manning’s No. 10 at MetLife Stadium, there could be no higher event for Jones to honor the franchise icon with the type of recreation, the type of victory, that will make Manning proud.
Take the halftime cheers that will likely be a bathe of affection and heat for Manning and run with all of them the best way to 1-2.
Begin to make the case to skeptical Giants followers that the torch has been handed efficiently to the fitting man.
That 8 is Enough for a brighter at this time and tomorrow.
On Manning’s day, make it your day on the end of the day.
“It’ll be a cool moment, obviously a legend of this game, a legend of this franchise,” Jones mentioned of the ceremony for Manning, “what he represented, how he performed for thus lengthy.
“Being able to be with him my first year was awesome. For me, it was a huge opportunity, and it’ll be cool to see him recognized.”
Jones didn’t have to wait 15 video games for his alternative the best way Patrick Mahomes did behind Alex Smith. Jones had to wait two video games. But Manning’s mentorship by no means wavered.
“Just a tremendous opportunity to learn and to watch him, to be able to talk to him and ask him questions, watch how he went about his work and how he carried himself on the field, how he played, how he prepared,” Jones mentioned. “And then off the field in the building, dealing with teammates and leading this organization.”
Manning’s management instance by no means stopped even when he grew to become the backup. After all these years displaying up each single Sunday, come hell or excessive plantar fasciitis, because the franchise quarterback, he by no means modified because the franchise backup quarterback.
“It was just day in and day out, the way he prepared and the way he carries himself, I think anyone would expect a guy that successful and played that long at a high level that he had the certain way to prepare, that’s expected,” Jones mentioned, “but being able to kinda see it day to day and him go about it, being able to see him interact with teammates, interact with people in the facility, with staff members, and the leader that he was kinda in all aspects of the organization, and for this team.”
You can hear about the best way Eli Manning labored at his craft, however it’s a luxurious for a younger participant, particularly a younger quarterback, to witness it. Jones occurs to be lower from the identical first-one-in-the-building, last-one-to-leave fabric. Same guys, each day.
“He never got bored with doing the fundamental things on the field, whether it was footwork, working on something as simple as three-step drop or five-step drop,” Jones mentioned. “You’d hear him talk about his footwork a lot, a lot of those things. I remember that sticking with me early on. This is a guy who’s played a lot, and he’s still focused on Day 1 fundamentals. Little things were always extremely important, and he was just extremely detailed and specific in all his preparation, that carried through to every aspect of his game.”
I requested Jones if Manning gave him any single piece of recommendation as he obtained prepared for his first NFL begin as quarterback of the New York Football Giants.
“There was a lot … certainly the routine going about the week in preparing, I was able to see his preparation, so just talking through kind of how he prepared day by day, the things he looked for in how he went about his week,” Jones mentioned.
Jones has caught a little bit of the Eli-Peyton MNF present on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
“He’s pretty funny, he’s got some good one-liners and some good commentary. … It’s been fun to watch him and Peyton go back and forth,” Jones mentioned.
Jones has but to be summoned for a visitor look. “No,” he mentioned, and smiled, “I haven’t gotten the invite.”
Jones was heroic in defeat towards the Washington Football Team, with his arm and with legs that Archie Manning may need had operating for his Saints life.
Eli Manning by no means tried to be Big Brother Peyton, and Joe Judge doesn’t need Jones to be anybody however himself, to do his job and solely his job and nobody else’s in pursuit of victory.
Asked if that was one among his higher video games, Jones mentioned: “I don’t know. I don’t think judging it that way, I don’t know how productive that is. We didn’t win the game, I didn’t do enough, didn’t make enough plays, so we’ve gotta look at that and improve.”
And pay homage to Eli Manning.