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What the Giants benching Eli Manning means for the Jaguars

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When the New York Giants play the Oakland Raiders this weekend, Eli Manning won’t be the starter, according to the team. Geno Smith and rookie Davis Webb will each get some playing time over the next five games.

“This is not the way it should be, but unfortunately, it’s where we are,” head coach Ben McAdoo said. “Our number one priority every week is to go win a game, but we owe it to the organization to get an evaluation of everybody on the roster, and that includes at the quarterback position.”

In short, the Giants will be treating the final five games of the season like an extended preseason. But will they be the final five games of Eli’s career in New York?

Manning has started every game for the Giants since Week 11 of the 2004 season. But he could very well find himself on a different team this offseason. Could that team be the Jacksonville Jaguars? Should that team be the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Why it makes sense for the Jaguars to sign Manning

I mean, have you seen our quarterback? There are plays I don’t think he realizes he is playing the sport of football in a professional environment. He’s in the middle of a horrendous season where he’s bottom-five in his position and he’s making throws like this:

Nah, bro. Nah. Nah.

With even average quarterback play, the Jaguars are 10-1 and in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They are a Super Bowl contender. But instead we have an anchor at quarterback who is wasting the best single season of defense I’ve ever seen from this team. Franchise records in sacks, turnovers, scoring, and points allowed — and we can’t even beat Blaine Gabbert.

Also: Tom Coughlin.

“Surprised is not the word. My sentiments are totally with Eli Manning. ... He's a class act, a two-time Super Bowl champ, one of the finest, most humble men in that locker room. ... I was very upset about when I heard that."

Thanks to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo for the above quote.

Why it doesn’t make sense for the Jaguars to sign Manning

I mean, Eli is not good this year. His 62.5 completion percentage is middle-of-the-road and his 6.0 yards per attempt is the worst of his career since 2004. His 9.8 yards per completion is the worst of his career period.

The Giants offense hasn’t looked this dysfunctional in a long, long time. There was always something — I don’t know — fun about Eli’s average-ness. He was never a total disaster and he was always good for a couple of decent throws per game. But in the past couple of years that side of the ball has been an absolute dumpster fire.

What do you think?

Should the Jaguars try their hand at Manning? What about pairing him with a rookie and letting them battle it out in training camp? It can’t get much worse than Blake Bortles vs. Chad Henne, can it?

Can it?

Can it?