Dwayne Haskins on possibly backing up Eli Manning: 'I'd have no problem'

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We still have a week to go before the 2019 NFL draft, but the prevailing wisdom is that the New York Giants will end the weekend with a new quarterback. Fans are thinking it. Mock drafts are thinking it. Even the Giants’ current quarterback is thinking it.

If the Giants indeed draft a QB, the favorite seems to be Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, though there are reports he could be slipping. The plan would likely be for Eli Manning to open the season as the starter while Haskins prepares to take the reins at some point, and the good news is that Haskins seems pretty OK with that.

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Dwayne Haskins welcomes possibility of waiting behind Eli Manning

When asked about the idea of starting his career on the bench, Haskins had plenty of praise for Manning. Via NFL.com:

"Eli Manning is a legend. I grew up watching Eli and I'd have no problem sitting behind him and learning from him, like how I did with J.T. [Barrett] at Ohio State," Haskins told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on the RapSheet and Friends podcast. "Whatever team drafts me, I'll be able to sit back and learn from the guy that's there and be able to compete with him and push him, but know that a guy's there because he's a veteran, he's done it before, he's professional.

"And I want to be in that guy's shoes one day, so I'm more than willing to learn from the greats."

That’s a very political answer from Haskins, but it’s not surprising to see him dial up the flattery given how another draft meeting went.

Dwayne Haskins has been widely linked to the Giants. (Getty Images)
Dwayne Haskins has been widely linked to the Giants. (Getty Images)

That mention of J.T. Barrett is an interesting move considering how much Haskins’ pro career would mirror his college career if he ended up in New York behind Manning. Haskins sat for two years behind Barrett at Ohio State, despite some calls for him to start, then took over in 2018 and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Giants fans would certainly be happy if that trend recurred in Haskins’ pro career.

How long would Dwayne Haskins have to wait to start?

The good news for Haskins is that even if he sits behind Manning to start the season, he won’t have to wait long to take over for the Giants if last year’s first-round quarterback crop is any indication.

Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen were all starting by Week 4 despite earlier plans for them to back up older quarterbacks, and Lamar Jackson eventually made it a total sweep for the five passers in Week 11.

However, all five of those quarterbacks were multi-year starters at their schools. Haskins had 14 career starts at Ohio State, so it might not be too surprising if the Giants decide to give him more time to prepare.

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