The end of an era is upon us.

The Giants announced on Tuesday that rookie Daniel Jones will start in place of veteran Eli Manning on Sunday against the Buccaneers in Tampa.


Manning has been a starter and mainstay for the Giants since he was drafted in 2004. Over his 16-year career the former Ole’ Miss standout has passed for 56,537 yards and led New York to two Super Bowl wins.

Jones was a somewhat surprise sixth-overall pick in this past April’s NFL Draft but performed well in the preseason and most felt it was only a matter of time before Jones took over under center in New York.  With the Giants sitting at 0-2 on the season, the coaching staff felt it was time to make a move.

“Eli and I spoke this morning,” head coach Pat Shurmur told the Giants website on Tuesday. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday.”

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

31 COMMENTS

  1. Good unleash the hounds todd! If this was mike smiths defense hed throw for 400yards and 5 tds. Bring the same gameplan defensively that you jad in carolina. Stop barkley and the testvwill work out.

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  2. Coming down from NJ for this game. Bowles and Co should be licking their chops..

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  3. Giants showing no respect putting this rookie out there for the 1st time against us. We need to send a message and destroy them Sunday. They cannot come into our house with a rookie and beat us. Can’t happen!!

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  4. Daniel Jones looked capable and accurate in the preseason. Is Sterling Shephard going to be available or is he still in concussion protocol? Either way, if the Bucs can stop Saquon Barkley like they did McCaffery then the Giants are in trouble.

    On the flip side, the offense should look really good vs. a shitty Giant defense.

    31-17 BUCS!

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  5. Any given Sunday. Do not take them for granted. I remember getting scorched by the Vikings back-up last year.

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  6. Oh no! As we all know we have a poor history against backup or new QBs. Especially mobile ones. At least he fumbles a lot so we better hope we capitalize on that.

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    • Pink we are doomed! I mentioned in a post yesterday that the bucs have a terrible record against 2nd & 3rd team QB’s. But it is much worse against rookie QBs. We may have the worst record in NFL history versus rookie QB’s. We make them look like Hall of Famers. We are DOOMED!

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      • snarc detected?

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      • 76Buc, you have turned in to a real negative Nancy!

        This is a different Team with different Leadership. Maybe you should try to have a different outlook….

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        • Not negative overall. Just negative about backup QBs. I’m just trying to unhex the hex. Someone mentioned I’m snarky. They may be right, but I don’t know what snarky means.
          Overall, I remain positive about the teams’s future under the new regime.

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        • 1979 Week 6: the undefeated Buccaneers lost on the road to the winless New York Giants. Giants quarterback Phil Simms, made his first NFL start.

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          • And Simms turned out to be a damn good QB….so whats your point???

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          • That the Bucs always seem to struggle against rookie QBs.

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  7. Dany Dimes is going to be challenge as he can move around and drop dimes from the pocket. But as a rookie he will make some mistakes. Bucs D needs to feast on turnovers.

    Go Bucs!

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  8. I warn all of you. Somebody here says we should be licking our chops? LMAO! Not that I need remind you all..But we are famous for jumpstarting opposing backup QB’s careers now aren’t we? That is IF..you know Buc history. This rookie kid can flat out play. I think we would have fared much better with Manning because we know him. Don’t underestimate this rookie. Not at all. Actually I do believe this game just got tougher. Bucs better bring it hard.

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  9. Let them dogs run baby! Pressure, pressure, and more pressure! Maybe we get 2-3 INTs! Go Bucs!

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  10. We will see if his preseason stats transfer. He hasn’t faced a Todd Bowles defense. Looking at his preseason tape, he was very good at quick decisions to first look, but seemed not to look off at all. His career completion average in college was under 60%. The Giants defense is on a par with what we did last year. Score 25 points and we win this game.

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  11. The Bucs certainly do have a history of poor performance recently against young QBs. I think it all started in the Raheem Morris era, and just got progressively worse from there. I’ve always believed our problem with young QBs was a mix of bad coaching and lack of talent, with the bulk of the problem actually being bad coaching and game planning. It seemed we would never do anything with the defensive scheme to confuse a young QB. Just line-up in our base zone defense and let him pick us apart.

    I don’t think there’s any way that is going to happen in the new Todd Bowles defense. I’m cautiously optimistic the Bucs are going to make Daniel Jones’ NFL debut a rough one.

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  12. Shaq Barrett, meet your next target.

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  13. Never take any opponent lightly, rookie or not!! We just need to be prepared every Sunday…Go Bucs!!

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  14. Listen its the New York football Giants. They are an 0-2 team woth arguably the best offensive player in the game on that team. They have been stuck with old man Eli and now the future starts this sunday. When it comes to a young future paving QB to start a game you cant worry about him so much as you worry about the rest of the team. This team is ready for something exciting and ready for something other than Eli. Thats the scariest part. Not one guy but all 53 of them being pumped up now. Hopefully we can pop him early and get after and rattle him otherwise it could be a stressful day.

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  15. I was hoping, and would rather be facing Eli. This kid has a better arm, and can move, unlike Eli who falls down when you run by him. Watch what you wish for. His team will rally around him, and after the poor showing Jameis had at home against the 49ers the pressure will be on him, and us not to let the rookie beat them. This game just got a lot harder. We were supposed to win two weeks ago. I’m not eating a W until we actually win.

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  16. Giants would’ve been smarter to not name a starter till game day so we would’ve had to prepare for both qbs

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  17. I hate playing rookie QBs….but I’ll take this dude over Eli any day. Expect a heavy dose of Barkley….if Devin White manages to suit up this could be the moment we see what we really have in our new MLB.

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  18. Obviously a show of disrespect that we would be a good team to get his feet wet, and in years past we have had terrible games against young QBs like Trubisky last year, but this is our opportunity to change that perspective. This is the chance to show our Defense has changed and is back to being a force to be reckoned with. Obviously you can’t just blitz every down and give Jones a chance to find open receivers but I hope Bowles comes up with a plan to make Jones wish he could have started next week and not let him get comfortable and make him scared to be an NFL QB.

    We will see how it goes obviously but I have a feeling BA and Bowles won’t let the Defense think of it as an easy game against a Roomie QB and with almost a full week to prepare off his Preseason Tape I hope we come out strong.

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  19. Back in the day Sapp, Brooks, Rice, Rhonde and Lynch would make rookie QB’s pay.

    Let’s hope Bowles is taking us back to those days.

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  20. Do not be too confident. In 2013 Geno Hayes beat us In his first start. In 2015, Jameis Winston beat Drew Brees in his second start after a terrible opener.

    Trust me, I am happy to be facing Jones and not manning. But you still have to do your thing

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  21. If we can get this win against a rookie QB we will have turned the corner. I have been a Buc fan since 1976 and I don’t think we have beaten a top 10 QB starting in their first game. I hope we are focused. Go Bucs!

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    • I remember the 1999 season, we played the Eagles during Donovan McNabb’s rookie season. We went into that game fully expecting to dominate their offense and we did. Granted, that was one of the best defenses the Bucs ever produced, the same one that shutdown the mighty Rams in the 2000 NFC Championship game. Sapp, Brooks, and Lynch set the tone back then. This year it feels like our scheme is going to help win us some games.

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  22. To all those worried about our history against rookie QBs. Fear not, for history no longer matters as we have a new staff and new defensive scheme that has proven to be far more effective in the last 2 games.

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  23. We should all know by now that any team and any QB can beat you if you’re not prepared. As B.A. already noted. The Giants offense is not going to change. It’s going to revolve around Barkley……perhaps even more so with the rookie under center. Our defensive game plan is unchanged. Stop the run. Win the field position battle. No turnovers. Force them to pass. Need to let Jones know early and often that this isn’t preseason.

    Sad for Eli’s career to end this way.

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