Eli Manning Says It's Not His Job to Mentor Giants' Young QBs

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"No, it wouldn't scare me", he said.

"Talked a lot about getting the offensive line and defensive line straight - you win with the big guys, " Manning said.

"My job's to play quarterback, and their job's to draft the best guys for the team, for the future", Manning told WFAN's "The Afternoon Drive" on Monday. Webb raved about how much he learned from Manning just by observing and being in the quarterback room. You're always helping them out. "I'm used to that, and it's always about helping the other guys in the room and having great communication, great conversations". Manning ultimately returned as the starter the following week, but the Giants eventually will have to start planning its future without him as a factor. The Giants own the No. 2 overall draft pick in this spring's draft. He added, "Hey, whatever they draft I'm fine with". "And so I've got a job to do, and I'm excited about that opportunity".

Manning will have to learn a new offense under coach Pat Shurmur. The quarterback-needy Browns pick No. 1, so it's no sure thing that Darnold (6'4/215) will even be available for NY.

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"It's not your job to mentor somebody, but I wouldn't look at it as that role. I want to go out there and work my tail off to get to playing at a high level". "I don't know - we have some of those guys, we have great guys, but obviously there's going to be changes every year".

Manning, who has two years remaining on his contract, doesn't see an end in sight for his career.

"I think I'm a great leader", Darnold said. "My body feels good, I can still run around and train and do everything I have to do". "After practices, the media was just as big as an National Football League organization".

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