Giants QB Eli Manning motivated by winning, not rookie Daniel Jones

Eli Manning only focusing on Giants' Monday night game: 'There's urgency to get things going'

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is already turning heads, but Eli Manning is tuning him out.

While speaking Wednesday after the team’s second minicamp practice, the veteran quarterback insisted all was business as usual as he denied being driven by Jones’ presence.

“Mindset is I have to go do my job, I have to compete and make plays,” Manning said, via the Giants’ official website. “That’s what you are trying to do. Every day at practice, just trying to make good decisions and make the plays that are there to be made. Be focused and ready to do that and also help out everybody else in the quarterback room, receiver room. Get everybody else prepared to play as well.

“I think you are driven because it’s football and you have a job to do and you want to win games. That’s what drives you, going out there and winning. You work hard to do that and you deserve to win games and for the team to win games. That’s what’s driving you to work hard in the off-season and compete every day in practice.”

Considering Manning is 38 and entering the final year of his contract, it’s likely Jones will assume backup duties before eventually taking over under center. In the meantime, however, Giants coach Pat Shurmur said last month at the team’s rookie minicamp that Manning remains unfazed.

“He’s had no response,” Shurmur said at the time. “I will say this again: I’ve never been around a person that can stay in the moment better than Eli. And I think that is something that is really, really unique about him. He’s staying in the moment.”

Manning was inconsistent in 2018, completing 66 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, as the Giants missed the playoffs for a second straight year. 

Similarly, the 22-year-old Jones completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine picks for Duke last season before being drafted sixth overall in April.