Giants coach sticks with QB Man­ning

The Mercury News - - Sports -

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.

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