INDIANAPOLIS – Eli Manning is back.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur on Wednesday morning confirmed what the Post had reported several times, namely that Manning remained firmly in the plans as a starting quarterback for the 2019 season.
"Well, I think Eli can help us win games," Shurmur said during the NFL scouting. "When the players around him started to play better, he proved that he could play at a very high level and help us win games.
"Yes, at this point, I want Eli to come back. He is back. Prepare to accompany him.
Shurmur acknowledged that Manning, 38, "is closer to 40 than 20", but has not hesitated to stay with the franchise quarterback for another season. In fact, Shurmur did not give up his claim that Manning had "years", although he did not quantify the number.
Shurmur said he was looking forward to meeting the quarterback prospects of this year's project.
"Times have changed," he said. "Quarterbacks come in all shapes and sizes."
Shurmur said he would not rule out Kyler Murray, the winner of the Oklahoma Heisman Trophy, as he is expected to record less than 5 feet 10 inches in the combined. The Post has previously announced that the Giants should not occupy an important place on Murray, because of its small size.
"We evaluate every quarterback every year," said Shurmur, "whether we think it or not, we could look for one."
Shurmur compared Murray to Dwayne Haskins of the state of Ohio in that he is a quarterback whom he looks forward to meeting here.