Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is answering as many

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Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is answering as many

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EAST RUTHERFORD Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , N.J. (AP) — questions about his own game as he is about the future of Daniel Jones, his heir apparent as Giants quarterback.It’s not surprising.Jones, the sixth pick in the NFL draft in April, is going to replace the 38-year-old Manning at some point.If you listen to Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, he favors the Kansas City Chiefs’ model. They drafted Patrick Mahomes in 2017 and he sat behind Alex Smith for a year before taking over this past season and winning both the NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year awards.That would give Manning a 16th season as the Giants’ quarterback and a chance to get New York back to the playoffs for only the second time since 2011.Jones, however, has looked good in preseason workouts. Granted no one’s either wearing pads or threatening to hit him, but his passes have been on target and he offered the added dimension of being able to run, something Manning has rarely done.So the timetable is uncertain, and Manning gets peppered with questions about Jones. He politely answers them and makes it clear the presence of the Duke quarterback has not changed his approach to the game.His competition isn’t Jones. It’s trying to be his best.“I think you are driven because it’s football and you have a job to do and you want to win games ,” Manning said. “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 driving you to work hard in the offseason and compete every day in practice.”Manning said Jones has done a good job, is throwing the ball well and is learning the offense.“It’s a lot thrown at you, especially going against NFL defenses,” Manning said. “A lot more looks, a lot more blitzes, a lot more protection adjustments and different things. You are going to make every mistake there is; I think at that stage it’s just trying not to repeat the same mistakes.”For now, Manning is working on fundamentals and trying to get to know some of the new guys such as receiver Golden Tate. He said he is feeling good and he likes what he has seen from the team coming off a 5-11 season.“Guys are dialed in and determined and focused,” he said. “Guys rallying around each other has been good. We’ve got to keep it going. We’ve got to keep pushing ourselves every day and we’ve got a long way to go.”Manning had his moments in the mandatory minicamp practice Wednesday, connecting with Rhett Ellison Khari Willis Jersey , Bennie Fowler and Tate in the red-zone drills.Jones has been impressive, particularly with his ability to move and extend plays.Offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Jones would be the No. 1 selection in most pick-up games. Coach Pat Shurmur adds he has seen him improve in every practice.“He displays, to me, that he gets it,” Shurmur said. “He is becoming more and more comfortable with what we are doing offensively. He is putting his skills to the test, and making plays in every practice.”NOTES: WR Sterling Shepard (wrist), CB Sam Beal (personal) and S Jabrill Peppers (tooth extraction) did not work out Wednesday. … TE Scott Simonson had a top offensive play, twisting to catch a pass by Jones in traffic. … Free agent TE C.J. Conrad of Kentucky also had a few good receptions, the best a diving catch of a touchdown pass from Jones. Life in the National Football League revolves around winning and losing. The same can be said for player contracts. Within every team lies at least one contract that just screams absurdity when matched with production output. You can't really blame the general managers for initially signing them though, considering the dog-eat-dog nature and competitiveness of the league. Gaps need to be filled. Positions need to be reevaluated. And besides Josh Allen Jersey , overpaying for players has always been a deeply rooted staple in NFL history, so it should not come as a surprise to anybody when a team forks over an arm and a leg for a player only to have it end up in a disaster (two words: Albert Haynesworth).Much of the overpaying can be accredited to the rise of the salary cap a couple years back. Players that "outperformed" their prior contract were being paid the big bucks only to underwhelm as the impact player that they were made out to be. The worst part about it is that teams lock them up for X amount of years, their contracts soaking up a good chunk of cap space that they have to work with, which ultimately hurts them in the offseason. This goes without saying that teams will eventually look to restructure their contract or convert their fully guaranteed money into roster bonuses. Or, they can simply ask them to take a pay cut, although highly unlikely.Now to be fair, most of these players have scratched and clawed their way to reach the pinnacle of their game. Nobody is downplaying the struggles and hardships that they had to endure to make the 53-man roster. The stats don't always make the man. However, considering the fact that their teams are absorbing their cap-heavy contracts with minimal results, it can be safe to say that their inclusion onto this list is justifiable.

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