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Eli on Daniel Jones: ‘Don’t feel like it’s a competition’

New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur’s closing words before breaking for the summer indicated Big Blue would nurture a quarterback competition between Eli Manning and rookie Daniel Jones when training camp opens.
The comments surprised many after the Giants insisted all spring which Manning remained primed to begin a second season.
Manning himself isn’t affected by Shurmur alluding to a QB contest. At the Manning Passing Academy, Eli informed NFL Network’s Rhett Lewis Friday he does not think he is fighting with Jones to maintain his job.
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«I mean , I don’t feel like it’s a competition,» Manning said in an interview which will air on NFL Network’s Total Access Friday night. «I really feel like I have to do my job and I’ve got to compete daily and attempt to get better each day. That’s how it’s been my whole life and that is only the way I’ve always approached training each day to enhance, to make my place on the team, to earn the respect of the teammates and do it each year.»
Manning doesn’t consider Jones contest and said he has no difficulty nurturing a rookie QB the Giants hope will become another franchise signal-caller.
«We have got new guys and I’m attempting to construct a relationship with them and get them up to speed so I am trying to do my job in the quarterback space,» Manning explained. «I have always been good with young quarterbacks, whomever has been in there, trying to get them up to speed, educating them about guards or fashions or what our defense plays. So I’m doing the same thing with Daniel and I’m likely to be a fantastic teammate, I’m going to do the very best I could do and help everybody on the Giants be successful.»
Manning’s dismissal of a supposed QB competition similarly echoes Jones’ reaction to Shurmur’s comments, once the rookie said he’d been told by trainers he’d have a chance to get started.
Whether or not it’s a full-blown competition, the repetitions each QB gets when training camp opens on July 24 will be carefully monitored. A buzz will begin if Jones gets repetitions with all the 1s early in camp, but Manning doesn’t seem concerned about that possibility.
Manning noted that he recalls his own»competition» with Kurt Warner back in 2004 — that the veteran began the first half of the season before Big Blue turned into Manning to the last seven tilts.
«Definitely drawing on that and that I speak to Daniel and I see many similarities in the situation and the way things are moving and what he is trying to perform, his personality,» Manning explained. «He is coming to this team, he is only hoping to learn the playbook, learn the names of everyone, got to make the admiration of his teammates. He has so much happening. He has got the New York media, coping with themall of a sudden they are saying things Day 1. … So only work hard, take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously — if you’re able to do this — like your teammates, listen to your coaches and we are all in this together and we’ll get through it»
Manning also confessed he has seen the memes indicating Jones is a facsimile of himself, also noticed their personalities are like rookies.
«I see it,» Manning explained. «He’s a fantastic kid, he is quiet and he is only hoping to understand, get a good feel for when to let his character come out. I was the exact same way. My rookie year I wasn’t going to say Tiki Barber, Michael Strahan, you have these huge personalities — I’m just going to keep my mouth closed, be on time, work my tail off at the weight space, ask my questions to the coach after the meeting is finished and also make sure I understand what I’m doing before inform Tiki exactly what his path is or I tell Amani Toomer,’Hey, I don’t believe you did that right.’ You have to make the respect. You got to have struck in the mouth a few days and get up… before you do a great deal of talking.»
Catch Manning’s interview Friday night on NFL Total Access at 7 pm ET.

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