Eli Manning is returning for another year as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback. Pat Shurmur publicly committed to the 38-year-old quarterback during his Wednesday press conference at the 2019 NFL Combine.
“I think Eli can help us win games,” said Shurmur, via SNY. “He proved — when the players around him started playing better — that he can play at a very high level and help us win games, so, yeah, at this point, I want Eli back, he’s back, [we’ll] get ready to go with him.”
This is fantastic news for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Manning is clearly washed at this point in his career. In 2018, he ranked 16th in completion percentage, 16th in yards per attempt, and 21st in passer rating.
Further, the Eagles have a long history of dominating Manning. In his last 22 games against Philadelphia, Manning has a 4-18 record. To put that into context, Donovan McNabb (4-0) has just as many wins in those last 22 meetings.
Manning’s return could potentially help the Eagles overtake their all-time record against the Giants in 2019. Philly has never led the series but things are currently tied up 86-86-2.
The Giants keeping Manning also rules out New York as a potential suitor for Nick Foles. It’s really looking like it could be a “Jaguars or bust” market for the Eagles’ Super Bowl MVP.
Manning’s return doesn’t stop the Giants from potentially selecting his successor with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Many mock drafters believe the G-Men will select Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins in the first round. We’ll see if that’s the case.
For now, we know that Manning will be back again in 2019. The Eagles will be very happy to see him.