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Pat Shurmur ‘on the same page’ with Giants co-owner on Eli Manning future


Pat Shurmur insisted Friday night that he is on the same page with co-owner John Mara about the Giants’ plans and hopes for their quarterback situation.

Mara said on Tuesday that Manning will be the Week 1 starter and added “I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field.”

Shurmur, who has raved about Jones consistently, was asked after Friday’s 32-13 preseason win over the Bears if he agreed.

“John owns the team, right? And we’re on the same page,” Shurmur said. “I think I’ve been saying that all along. I just get the sense once in a while that when I answer those questions, no one believes me. Well, you heard it from the owner.”

Shurmur assured of Jones: “When it’s his time to play, he will be ready.”


Bennie Fowler and T.J. Jones each caught a touchdown for a second straight game on Friday, and Cody Latimer caught two balls for a team-high 60 yards as the Giants’ veteran receivers demonstrated what Pat Shurmur confirmed after: they’ve earned his trust.

“To their credit, the veterans may win the day here, these guys that know how to play,” Shurmur said of the wideouts this team needs to step up, especially with Golden Tate suspended the first four games of the regular season. “They know how to practice, they know how to play. They’re smart. So I’m fond of drawing them up in the dirt when we see something and they’re smart enough where they can adjust. So some of those things are adjustments.

“I like them and trust them,” Shurmur added, “and really the crux of it all is I think they’re a bunch of tough guys. You know they play a fancy position but I think they’re a bunch of tough guys. And I think that wins the day, too.”

Jones caught three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown, all from Daniel Jones. Fowler had two grabs for 25 yards including the TD pass from Manning.


Second-string left tackle Nick Gates, who opened training camp at left guard but has moved outside, showed great hustle Friday to dive on a Rod Smith fumble and preserve possession for an Aldrick Rosas 47-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Nick Gates, r, was signed undrafted by the Giants in 2018. (Adam Hunger/AP)

Wideout Alonzo Russell also chased down Bears CB Clifton Duck on an interception return and forced a Bears fumble on punt coverage. Shurmur gave Russell credit for his hustle, and Gates had great perspective on what it takes to give 100 percent in the preseason.

“I jumped on the ball and came back, and (my teammates) were all telling me good job and high five, but I expect that effort and that hustle out of all five guys on the field on the line every play,” Gates said. “It’s our job. They tell us to run after the ball once the ball’s down the field in case that happens. I try to give the most effort on every play that I can.”

Gates was signed as an undrafted free agent tackle out of Nebraska in the spring of 2018 but hurt his foot and spent all of last season on injured reserve. Gates said it was tough being out last season but it was almost like a “redshirt” year to learn how to be a pro.

He was lining up as the second-team left guard at the start of camp, but injuries to multiple tackles created a need, and he has played tackle in the opening preseason games and feels he’s getting better each game.

“I feel a lot more comfortable,” Gates said. “Last week it wasn’t pretty. I got the job done. But this week had a couple practices under my belt and felt a lot better and lot more comfortable out there.”

On defense, Markus Golden, rookie Oshane Ximines and Olsen Pierre all had first-half sacks of Bears starting QB Chase Daniel, Chicago’s backup. Linebacker Jonathan Anderson forced a fumble for a second straight game that was recovered by Josiah Tauaefa.

Bears quarterback Chase Daniel, r, is sacked by linebacker Markus Golden, l, during the second quarter.
Bears quarterback Chase Daniel, r, is sacked by linebacker Markus Golden, l, during the second quarter. (Adam Hunger / AP)

Undrafted rookie RB Jon Hilliman carried the ball 16 times for 56 yards and a TD. Rod Smith carried 10 times for 42 yards.


Bears coach Matt Nagy didn’t play any of his first-teamers on either side of the ball, but Shurmur said Chicago has a different team than the Giants and understood. Shurmur has a younger team and needs to see more guys playing as they compete for jobs and significant roles.

“I don’t really care who they play,” Shurmur said. “Matt, that’s his team, and I would never tell another man how to coach his team. He knows what he wants to do, and he knows what his team needs. He has a much more veteran team that whatever he’s doing with them works for him. We have enough young guys out there where they need to play. I think when you play like we did and you don’t have injuries, that’s a good thing.”

"We've got a little different team than some. We’ve got a lot of young guys,” Shurmur added. “We’ve got to see if they can take it from the meeting room to the practice field and then play hard out here with emotion, and I think in these two outings I saw a lot of young guys that impressed me and have a really good chance to make this team and make a difference.”


Healthy starters RB Saquon Barkley and TE Evan Engram sat out a second straight game to open the preseason, while a long list of Giants sat due to injury: WRs Sterling Shepard (fractured left thumb) and Darius Slayton (hamstring), RB Wayne Gallman (ankle), CBs DeAndre Baker (knee) and Sam Beal (hamstring), LB Alec Ogletree (calf), and offensive tackles Brian Mihalik (burner) and George Asafo-Adjei (concussion).

Corner Antonio Hamilton injured his groin in the second quarter and did not return. Hamilton started in place of the injured Baker with the first-team defense.