News broke early afternoon on Tuesday that the New York Giants will bench Eli Manning for backup Geno Smith, thus ending Manning’s streak of starting games at 210.
EAST RUTHERFORD — The Giants are in the midst of a 2-9 regular season, and currently hold the third pick in the NFL Draft. Manning is not necessarily having a bad season, he is just not putting up the numbers. This could partly be attributed to losing All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham, and Brandon Marshall for the season, as well as Sterling Shepard the past two weeks.
Manning is currently sitting at 14 touchdowns to seven interceptions. Sure, he is not lighting the league on fire, but it’s hard to do so when your top three active receivers are rookie tight end Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis. So, that begs the question, why Geno Smith?
According to the Giants, Manning was given the option to start the game one Sunday, but he declined.
Smith started a game last season for the Jets, where he completed 8 of 14 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Before that, his last start came in 2014. Again, why Geno Smith?
The league knows what they are going to get with Smith, which is a pretty below average quarterback. Why not Davis Webb? The rookie third rounder was a pretty big riser in the draft, and you do not know what you are going to get with him, unlike Smith.
Sure, we could see another Nathan Peterman situation with Webb, but if you are going to bench your long time starting quarterback, at least take a chance on the guy you just drafted.
Needless to say, there are plenty of former Giants players outraged, and it would not be too shocking to see Manning back on the field sooner rather than later.