It’s happened.

The New York Giants have declared rookie first-round pick Daniel Jones their starting quarterback ahead of their Week Three game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, benching veteran and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.

Jones, who was drafted out of Duke with the No.6 overall pick in this year’s draft, takes over for the 38-year-old Manning.

Manning is responsible for a franchise-record 232 starts as Giants quarterback since taking over for Kurt Warner in the 2004 season, Eli’s rookie year.  He led Big Blue to Super Bowl titles in 2007 and 2011, upsetting the dominant New England Patriots both years, and both occasions claiming Super Bowl MVP honors.  But consistent struggles in recent years have led to this imminent moment fo being replaced by a younger, more promising commodity in Jones.

The Giants are 0-2 and visit the 1-1 Buccaneers on Sunday.

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