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Duke coach: Daniel Jones and Eli Manning ‘match made in heaven’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — David Cutcliffe is by no means an unbiased spectator in the Giants’ quarterback situation, but he does know a thing or two about the position.

And he believes matching Daniel Jones with Eli Manning, as the Giants did Thursday night by drafting the Duke QB with the No. 6 pick, is “a match made in heaven.”

“I can’t pick a better scenario for either one of them,” Cutcliffe, Jones’ coach at Duke and Manning’s coach at Ole Miss, said Thursday night. “Listen, it’s Eli Manning. Think about what he knows about playing quarterback in the National Football League. Daniel’s going to get an insight that most rookies never get.”

As for how Cutcliffe thinks Manning will handle having his heir apparent in the room?

“I’ve already talked with Eli and he’s excited about it,” Cutcliffe said. “People forget in football, you spend a lot of time in your position rooms. That chemistry there has to be good for the environment to be one where everybody gets better and learns. I can’t speak for him, but that probably feels good to Eli right now.”

While Manning has won two Super Bowls in his Giants career, Cutcliffe is already setting the same lofty goal for Jones.

“I would think he’s going to play 14-16 years and he’ll be a championship quarterback,” Cutcliffe told reporters. “He’ll win a championship.”

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Jones is plenty familiar with Manning. The Giants’ veteran quarterback has held minicamps with Cutcliffe at Duke in past offseasons and Jones has also attended the Manning Passing Academy twice.

Cutcliffe, who was also Peyton Manning’s offensive coordinator at Tennessee, believes Jones will benefit from spending a season learning from Eli Manning, who is entering the final year of his contract. General manager Dave Gettleman has called it the Kansas City model.

But if Jones is thrown into the fire sooner than expected, Cutcliffe would still be a believer.

“If Daniel had to play, he’s tough enough. He’s ready,” Cutcliffe said. “But best-case scenario, Eli has the best year of his career and Daniel gets to learn that entire time. I know that’s idealistic, but me and the rest of the Giants fans should be pulling for that.”

Original article: https://nypost.com/2019/04/26/duke-coach-daniel-jones-and-eli-manning-match-made-in-heaven/

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