The threat is real this time, use No. 8, and have Eli Manning leave the practice field to quarterback.
The handwriting is not just on the Big Blue wall, it's right behind him and he's at his side every step of the way, and while the future remains now for Eli Manning, now it suddenly has an expiration date.
Pat Shurmur must put Daniel Jones on the field (when he considers himself ready, of course) and get enough experience in 2019 so he can start working in 2020 and give the Giants the best chance of a better tomorrow and more sparkly. Just when Tom Coughlin got a rookie Eli Manning on the field for the last seven games when he took the ball away from keeper Kurt Warner on November 21, 2004.
If general manager Dave Gettleman is right about Jones, and for the sake of the franchise, better yet, Jones should be able to close the gap in Manning sooner rather than later.
Manning continues his noble fight against Father Time, but can not fight against the City Council. And the City Council did not make Jones the sixth NFL draft pick to be a redshirt freshman, no matter what they told us about the Kansas City model.
Manning has an opportunity and an opportunity only for a last gallant position that few believe that a 38-year-old quarterback stuck in a rebuilding situation can do, and he recognizes it.
"I understand the circumstances," said Manning. "I need to play well, and I have to play very early, and do my job.
"You want to do that and also be careful not to push and try to do too much too soon when things are not there and force things on a bad move," Manning said. "So, hey, I have to try my best, make good decisions and lead this team to win."
Jones is already getting most of the backup representatives, apparently a study fast enough for offensive coordinator Mike Shula to have declared him capable of starting Week 1.
"He throws it well," Manning said.
Week 1 would be really hurried. However, there is no backup of $ 23.2 million in the NFL. After much deliberation, Manning returned to start the season, to guide Jones as just a gentleman as he can, even if sometimes it must be by osmosis alone.
"It kind of helps me: if you can teach it, then you know it," Manning said.
Manning is still the good soldier he has always been and always will be when the day comes when his dream job is no longer his.
The Jets selected Richard Todd with the sixth pick in the 1976 draft before Joe Namath's last season in New York. Both played in Alabama. There was no discomfort there. There will not be much here with Manning and Jones, graduates of Cutcliffe University.
"It's not about being nervous or worried, it's about treating it the same as it has been for the past 15 years," Manning said.
He is in splendid form. No matter the pass Sam Beal diverted the interception of Jabrill Peppers. He'll have a better offensive line and a second year on Shurmur's offense, so there he is. But Odell Beckham Jr. is in Cleveland. And defense is a work in progress at best. For Eli Manning, the glass is always half full.
"The last two years, we played a decent number of games without [Beckham], and at the end of last year, we played the last four or five games, we could score points and do well, "Manning said." We still have a lot of game creators, and everyone must do their work, make plays, win the matches one to one and we'll be fine. "
Someone asked him how much longer he wants to play.
"I do not know," said Manning. "I have not thought about it, I want to play this year, and leave there.
"I do not think I've ever put a time frame on how long, I think you'll know when it's time to stop depending on the circumstances or how your body feels."
This will be the last year of your contract.
"I want to be in this position, I want to be the quarterback, I want to go win games and have a great year," said Manning.
It is impossible not to encourage it. It is also impossible for him not to see the future. A future not too far away with someone else playing quarterback for his New York Giants.