The New York Giants won’t be benching Eli Manning anytime soon to allow third-round pick Davis Webb to get some playing time so they can see if he’s their QB of the future.
There’s a popular theory that Davis Webb is someone at whom the team needs to take a look before this season is over, so they can find out what they have in him.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Giants consider Manning to be their guy, and barring a catastrophic event, that won’t change, as the have no plans to bench him.
The Giants know that once they bench Manning, it’s making a statement about his future — and the team is not even close to that point.
According to Rapoport, a source called the debate about benching Manning a non-story and a waste of time.
While Webb has been told by the team to prepare as if he’ll play, it doesn’t appear he’ll be stepping on the field any time soon.
This Sunday when the Giants play the San Francisco 49ers, it will be Manning’s 208th consecutive regular season start since he took over for Kurt Warner halfway through the 2004 season. In that time he’s won two Super Bowls, won 109 regular season games, thrown for over 50,000 yards and thrown 332 touchdown passes with 221 interceptions.
With is 208th start, Manning will tie his brother, Peyton, for second on the all-time list of consecutive starts for a quarterback on Sunday.
With the Giants (1-7) struggling this season, there is a possibility the streak could eventually end this year. Once he passes Peyton next week when the Giants host the Kansas City Chiefs, the streak isn’t all that important to extend. Coach Ben McAdoo has already admitted there could be a point later in the season where it would benefit the organization to take a look at some of the younger players, including Webb.