Giants head coach Pat Shurmur may have said that Eli Manning is the team's starting quarterback, but the 38-year-old spent more time answering questions about Daniel Jones than the upcoming season after Monday's OTA.
It was the first time Manning and Jones took the field together, with Manning taking the first-team reps, since the Giants drafted the Duke quarterback with the sixth overall pick in April's NFL Draft. Afterward Manning was asked about the dynamic between him and the future franchise quarterback, particularly if he is comfortable mentoring the soon-to-be 22-year-old rookie.
"I think I've been doing that the last 11, 12 years," Manning said. "I don't know when you become a mentor, or when that's official. I think if you've been in the league longer than any guy in the quarterback room I think you should be a mentor in that sense where if you know a little bit more and be helpful.
"Again, it's not necessarily your job to do it, but you're in the quarterbackk room and if all the quarterback's are in there, you're talking and helping out then everybody's mentoring everybody. If certain guys aren't in there, then you can't be mentored. So it's a little bit on Daniel just kind of being in there, listening, asking questions and everybody willing to help out in those situations."
The Giants' decision to take Jones with the sixth overall pick was a bit of a surprising one. Many believed the Duke quarterback would not be taken that high in the draft, or that the Giants would opt for another quarterback, like Dwayne Haskins, who was drafted by Washington.
It also means that the clock is ticking for Manning, who is on the final year of his contract with his eventual successor standing in his shadow.
Yet the Giants quarterback said he has not given any thought into how much longer he wishes to play in the NFL.
"I don't know. I haven't thought about it," Manning said. "I just want to play this year and we'll go from here. ... I don't think I ever put a time frame on how long [I want to play]. I think you'll know when it's time to stop based on circumstances or how your body is feeling."
Giants GM Dave Gettleman has offered a wide-ranging number of possibilities on how and when the Giants will use Jones. From waiting in Manning's wings for one year to possibly three years behind the veteran quarterback.
But quarterbacks taken sixth overall do not typically wait too long before getting a chance, which could create a bit of awkwardness in the quarterback room.
"No awkwardness in our room," Manning said. "Just don't create it. Don't make something that's not an issue. For whatever reason, it doesn't bother me."
In fact, Manning was nothing but complimentary about Jones, citing the times he has watched him play from Duke to his initial impressions after the first practice going up against the defense.
"I think Daniel throws it well," Manning said. "Good kid, just trying to pick up the offense -- only been here two weeks. A lot going on right now because [he's] just trying to learn the offense, protections, footworks and everything. We've all been there, been rookies and learning it but seems to have the right attitude and doing some good things."