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by Sarah Cundiff and Emily Horvath–
The Giants made a surprising move Sunday, Sept. 22, with the decision to bench two time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning and start rookie Daniel Jones, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a 32-31 comeback win, it seems the bold decision paid off.
With a legacy like Manning’s, he started 210 straight games from 2004-2017 and won two Super Bowls, it seems unthinkable to bench such a talent. However, in the past six seasons, the Giants have started the year 0-2, giving reason to believe fans, players, and coaches are looking to try something new.
That something new was found in rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Jones was the first round, sixth pick during the 2019 draft after playing at Duke. This was not Jones’ first time in an NFL game, he played during pre-season against the Jets, which gave him the opportunity to prove that he could step up to the challenge, should he get the chance.
His chance came and he took full advantage leading the Giants to a win. With the success of this move and support of Manning and the fanbase, it will be interesting to see how the Giants more forward during the season.