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If for some reason Giants need Daniel Jones to play Sunday, they're confident in rookie QB

Daniel Jones, enjoying a laugh with Eli Manning

Daniel Jones, enjoying a laugh with Eli Manning during the preseason, is ready to go if the Giants need him in an emergency spot in Sunday's opener.  Credit: Getty Images/Michael Hickey

Say Eli Manning leaves the opening game of his Giants-record 16th season Sunday against the Cowboys in Dallas. Who would replace him? Alex Tanney or Daniel Jones?

It would be the heir to the throne.

“The No. 2 quarterback right now is Daniel Jones,” Pat Shurmur said after practice Friday. “We’re going to dress two quarterbacks.”

But is the rookie ready? If Manning gets injured, how ready is Jones to go in and excel?

“He’s ready to go,” Shurmur said. “If he has to go in and play, he’s ready to go.”

Jones’ reaction to Shurmur’s proclamations? Well, he wasn’t made available for comment. But the sixth overall pick out of Duke sure looked ready across the four preseason games. He finished 29-for-34 for 416 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 137.3 rating.

Shurmur has seen clear progress since Jones’ arrival.

“Knowledge of our scheme,” Shurmur said. “And I think he’s [been] able to get a good feel for some of the things that we ask him to do that he didn’t do in college. There are some elements to an NFL offense that he wasn’t asked to do in college.”

Offensive coordinator Mike Shula gave Jones a glowing review. “If they’re not ready to play Week 1, then I’m not doing my job,” Shula said. “That’s all I kind of focus on. I think Daniel’s done a great job . . . From the other rookies that I’ve been around, and I’ve been around some really good rookies, he’s been as good as all of them.”

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