INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Manning is back.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur on Wednesday morning confirmed what the Post has reported multiple times, that Manning remains firmly in the plans as the starting quarterback for the 2019 season.
“Well, I think Eli can help us win games,” Shurmur said at the NFL scouting combine. “He proved, when the players around him started playing better, that he can play at a very high level and help us win games.
“Yeah, at this point I want Eli back. He’s back. Get ready to go with him.”
Shurmur conceded Manning, 38, “is closer to 40 than he is 20” but expressed no reservations about sticking with the franchise quarterback for another season. In fact, Shurmur did not back off his claim that Manning has “years” left, although he would not put a number on how many.
Shurmur said he is looking forward to meeting the quarterback prospects of this year’s draft.
“Times have changed,” he said. “Quarterbacks come in all shapes and sizes.”
Shurmur said he would not discount Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma, because Murray is expected to measure in at shorter than 5-foot-10 at the combine. The Post reported previously the Giants are not expected to be high on Murray, based on his diminutive stature.
“We evaluate all the quarterbacks every year,” Shurmur said, “regardless of whether it’s perceived we might be looking for one.”
Shurmur likened Murray to Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins in that he is a quarterback he is looking forward to meet here.