Giants coach sticks with QB Manning
Despite mounting losses and a first season quickly turning into a mess, Pat Shurmur is sticking with Eli Manning as the New York Giants quarterback.
Shurmur never hesitated Friday when asked if he was considering a change in the wake of a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that dropped New York to 1-5. “We believe in Eli,” Shurmur said. It was as simple as that. There will be no change to either veteran Alex Tanney or rookie Kyle Lauletta.
Shurmur acknowledged Manning made some mistakes in the loss Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, but so did a lot of other players.
When he was pressed about whether he would give Lauletta a chance to play if the season slipped away, Shurmur stopped the question.
“Listen, we’re not talking about a quarterback change,” Shurmur said.
Statistically, Manning has played well. He has hit 158 of 230 passes for 1,662 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. His nearly 69 percent completion percentage would be a career best.
The problem is the 37-year-old Manning is not mobile and that is hurting the offense. He rarely turns a potential sack into a scramble that results in a first down or a big pass play. He has been sacked 20 times. The Eagles took him down four times and had 13 other hits.
JAGUARS PLACE TINKER ON IR >> The Jacksonville Jaguars placed long-snapper Carson Tinker on injured reserve for the second straight year because of a knee injury.
Tinker injured his right knee in last week’s game at Kansas City. The team said it’s not the same injury that sidelined Tinker all of last season, a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
The Jaguars brought back Matt Overton to replace Tinker. Overton has played in 89 career NFL games, including nine with the Jaguars in 2017 before sustaining a seasonending shoulder injury. Overton previously played for Indianapolis.
PANTHERS HOPE TE OLSEN IS READY >> Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he is optimistic that three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen will play Sunday against Washington after participating in his third straight day of practice.
Olsen is listed as questionable on the injury report, but Rivera said he’s looking ready after missing three games with a broken foot. Rivera said Olsen took more reps than normal Friday and “he ran around really well, so we’re pretty excited about it.”
Barring any setbacks, Olsen will start Sunday.
BROWNS LOSE WR WILLIES >> Already thin, the Browns’ group of wide receivers has gotten skeletal. Rookie Derrick Willies broke his collarbone in practice Friday and will miss Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers and likely several more, further depleting a receiving unit lacking experienced playmakers.
Willies came off the bench last week after Rashard Higgins injured his right knee and made the game’s biggest play in an overtime win. But both he and Higgins will miss this week’s game, and the Browns (2-2-1) will have to go further down their depth chart.
Rookie Damion Ratley will likely be active and fill in for Willies as Cleveland’s No. 3 receiver behind Jarvis Landry and rookie Antonio Callaway. Running back Duke Johnson, who led the team in receptions last season, can also line up wide or in the slot. A sixth-round pick from Texas A&M, Ratley said he is excited about the opportunity.
DOLPHINS QB TANNEHILL LOOKS IFFY >> Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears with a throwing shoulder injury that first bothered him last month. Tannehill was limited in Friday’s workout the first time he has missed practice time because of the injury. He wasn’t on the injury report last week, but was during the week of Sept. 24.
Brock Osweiler or David Fales would start if Tannehill can’t play for the injuryplagued Dolphins.