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Giants Q&A: What's Eli's future?

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Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks on with teammates Evan Engram #88 and Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Was this Eli Manning’s last game as the Giants’ starting quarterback?

Pat Shurmur said he did not want to “tease” that possibility, but with the bye coming up, the coach certainly seems to have some decisions to make.

“I’m going to look at everything,” Shurmur said. “I want to look at everything and see what we have to do.”

The Giants probably do not have a quarterback on the roster who is better than Manning — backup Alex Tanney and rookie Kyle Lauletta are the other options — but sometimes a change just needs to be made. Shurmur will have two weeks to decide if this is one of those times.   

What does Manning think about that possibility?

Well, he’s not waiving his no-trade clause. “I want to stay here,” he said. As for the possibility of someone else quarterbacking the Giants, he said: “I have to worry about just doing my job, trying to play and prepare. That is not my decision.”   

Could the Giants trade Odell Beckham Jr.?

There were reports Sunday that the Giants had received intriguing offers for the star wide receiver. It would be financially difficult for them, considering how much of Beckham’s contract would have to be accelerated against the salary cap, but it is not out of the question.

“It was tossed around in the offseason and I’m still here,” Beckham said. “I don’t think I’m going anywhere.” As for whether he wants to be traded, he was careful in his response. Asked if this is where he wants to be, he said: “This is where I’m at.” Beckham did tell Newsday that the Giants have not spoken to him about any deals.   

Did the trades of Eli Apple and Damon Harrison during the week signal to Landon Collins that the front office is more focused on the future than this season?

“It’s a sign of what they want to do,” Collins, a defensive captain, said in his first comments since the deals. “I can’t answer that question really. The guys they want, that’s how they kind of look at it.”   

How did the trades affect Collins?

“It’s big to me,” he said. “I miss those guys. They’re my brothers. But I can’t control what upstairs does.”

He can, however, control what happens this offseason, when he is set to become a free agent. Would a long-term plan for a Giants rebuild alter his thinking about wanting to re-sign with the team?

“We’ll see when we get there,” he said.

As for the possibility of being traded this week, Collins said: “I’m just playing day by day, honestly. I love the Giants, they love me, but you never know. It’s a business. Whatever happens happens.”   

Are the Giants planning any more trades before the deadline at 4 p.m. Tuesday?

“We haven’t talked about anything,” Shurmur said. “I’m not aware of anything .  .  . No. We haven’t discussed it.”   

Does that mean it won’t happen?

What do you think?   

Did Saquon Barkley get what he wanted?

Yes. Although he and Adrian Peterson did not trade jerseys on the field after the game, equipment managers were able to execute a swap of signed shirts after the players hit the locker room. Barkley had said he wanted to come away from the game with a Peterson souvenir. He also said he hoped Peterson would not run rampant against the Giants’ defense.

At least he got the jersey.

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