program begins"The New York Giants took their time fully committing to Eli Manning as their 2019 starting quarterback Cody Latimer Color Rush Jersey , with GM Dave Gettleman saying as late as the NFL Combine that the team was still “evaluating everything.”Manning, though, said Monday that he left little doubt with the organization that he hoped to return for a 16th season with the team.He said Monday that he knew “pretty quickly” after last season that he wanted to continue as the team’s quarterback.“I didn’t have to think about it long,” said the 38-year-old.“I still wanted to play. I told the Giants that very quickly. I didn’t have to think about it long. This is what I do and what I like to do and I have worked extremely hard the last few months to get ready. I liked how the team rallied toward the end of the year with the coaches. Everyone got on a better page together. Could have won a few more games but had great opportunities to win. We are headed in the right direction.”Manning said he found out some time in the last month or so that he would be brought for 2019. He received a $5 million 2019 roster bonus last month.“I had some talks with Mr. Gettleman and coach Shurmur within the last month or so,” he said. “They told me that I would come back and be on the team this year. I got word within the last month.”He said he is “thinking about right now” and isn’t concerned about what, at this stage of his career, will the year-to-year nature of his status.Manning is conscious of the possibility the Giants will use an early draft pick on an heir apparent for him.“I can see the Giants getting a young quarterback. I understand that,” Manning said. “I still have to do my job. I will do my part. Same as last year. Go out there, play quarterback, win football games. That is what I am trying to do.”“In the quarterback room I’ve always felt like I had a great relationship with everybody. We’ve drafted quarterbacks, we’ve had young quarterbacks in there. I enjoy talking football. I enjoy, not necessarily teaching, just talkin’ ball. ...“That’s just part of being a quarterback.” Could Dawson Knox realize his potential with the Giants?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections New York Giants NewsGiants Training Camp 2016Giants vs. Eagles 2015, Week 172019 NFL DraftThe Giants should consider Mississippi tight end Dawson Knox on Day 3New,14commentsCould Dawson Knox realize his potential with the Giants? EDTShareTweetShareShareThe Giants should consider Mississippi tight end Dawson Knox on Day 3Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY SportsHow do the New York Giants view their tight end position? They are paying Rhett Ellison a relatively rich contract to be a blocking tight end Evan Engram Color Rush Jersey , made a point of re-signing Scott Simonson. On the other hand, they have Evan Engram -- who could be one of the NFL’s premier match-up nightmares with better use. While neither Ellison’s contract or Engram’s game might be ideal for Dave Gettleman, tight end is one of the few positions on their roster at which the Giants are solid. Could they look to use that to their advantage and develop an unpolished but promising prospect down their depth chart? If so, they should take a long look at Dawson Knox out of Ole Miss. He has every trait a “complete” starting tight end needs, and is just waiting for some actual development.MeasurablesProsSolid size and frame for the position.Significant athletic upside.Able to play out of multiple positions on the offensive formation.Little wasted motion off the line of scrimmage.Shows strong hands as a receiver.Looks to establish inside leverage as a blocker.ConsAn afterthought in Ole Miss’ offense, and very underdeveloped. Can round off routes.Doesn’t run a full route tree.Needs to be more aggressive as a blocker. Prospect VideoWhat They’re Saying “A high school quarterback, Knox transitioned to tight end at Ole Miss but never became a prominent component of the passing game. With that said, there have been exciting flashes as a receiver although they are few and far between. There is considerable work needed as a route runner for Knox to find succcess catching the football at the next level, not to mention so inconsistency with his hands to clean up. As a blocker, Knox is more developed and has upside both on the move and in-line. Knox is a project, but he can be a worthy one to invest in. He has the ceiling of a quality TE2 and potential starter in time but patience is required.” - Joe Marino (The Draft Network - Scouting Report) Does He Fit The Giants?In a vacuum, Knox does fit the Giants’ offense. Or at least, he should be able to fit their offense eventually. As of right now, Knox is little more than raw upside, potential without production. He was an almost complete afterthought in Mississippi’s offense Patrick Omameh Color Rush Jersey , and had just 22 targets in his final season. And while Knox shows tangible athletic upside with good speed, strength, and quickness to his game, it is almost completely undeveloped. He will need to land in a situation where a team doesn’t need him to contribute right away, but can take the time to teach him how to run a full route tree, catch with consistency, and block with authority.But while he was rarely used, Knox does at least have experience lining up all over the field, from fullback, to in-line tight end, to slot receiver and wide receiver. In light of all of that, the Giants might be a better landing place than most. The team has Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison at the top of their depth chart, which would give them the flexibility to develop Knox without having to depend on him as a contributor early. If he reaches his full potential, the Giants could have a starting caliber tight end to make Rhett Ellison or Scott Simonson expendable for the cost of a Day 3 pick.