INDIANAPOLIS — Josh Allen said he thinks he’s the best quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft. But he also said that if he is selected by the Giants, he’d be willing to be the second-best for a while.
While some players bristled at the idea of being the backup to Eli Manning at the start of their career — a scenario the Giants essentially have painted with their decision to bring Manning back and have him start the 2018 season — Allen seemed to welcome it. In fact, he said being a second-stringer would be “fantastic.”
“I’ve met Eli Manning at the Manning Passing Academy,” Allen, a quarterback out of Wyoming, said at the Combine on Friday. “He’s a super-reserved guy but he knows his stuff. He’s won two Super Bowls. Beating Tom Brady is a tough task but he’s done it twice in the Super Bowl. Knowing that organization has the mindset of winning, that that’s what they want to do, would be a blessing. If I got the opportunity to go there and sit behind him for one or two or even three years and just learn everything that I could, grabbing him whenever I had a question and hopefully he would answer it for me, just seeing what he does on and off the field, that would be really big for me.”
Allen was similarly excited to talk about Pat Shurmur, who he spoke with at the Senior Bowl in January. Shurmur had just been named head coach of the Giants at the time, so there is a possibility that Allen was the first player he ever spoke to in that capacity. What kind of impression Allen made on Shurmur is unknown, but the impression Shurmur made on Allen was clear.
“Coach Shurmur is a super bright mind, I like him a lot,” Allen said. “I actually got the chance to talk to him in Mobile, sat down with him for a little bit. He’s a really good dude and if I was fortunate enough to play under him I’d be super stoked.”