On the field level, it’s easier to see why the Giants chose Daniel Jones as their quarterback. It has a size for the old school demands of the pocket, and sports for the new school demands around the edge. Eli Manning only wished he could move in space the way his successor could.
The other day of practice, Jones made a long throw to Kenny Goladay which looked like something ripped from an Aaron Rodgers playbook. It was picture perfect below the right sidebar, over the top of Adoree’ Jackson’s back corner. Golladay won the battle in the air for the catch and barely landed two feet before a small gathering of scribes.
The Giants’ ousted general manager, Dave Gittleman, had no idea how to build a winning football team. But he was willing to take the heat it took to craft the Duke quarterback #6 overall in 2019 because he saw these tools in action.
So when Jones enters his fourth season as a Giants player who will have the privilege, like the 6-foot-5 guy who looks like he acts and talks kinda like 6-5 Eli, but definitely doesn’t win like him, he has no excuses not to become a reliable player. in the NFL. He’s taken thousands of shots in training and games, and seen pretty much everything the defensive coordinators have to offer.
Jones is now protected by two tackles made in the top seven picks of their respective drafts. He’s now working with a healthy Saquon Barkley, with some elusive goals from the outside, and with a head coach who has had fun around Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Josh Allen, and… All his current receivers are excited about his ex-movement and post-shoot freedom.
Jones also works with Patrick Mahomes’ creative mentor, Mike Kafka, as opposed to Jason Jarrett and Freddy Kitchens, which most football fans consider…important…a slight upgrade.
Nobody’s saying the Giants should make the playoffs this year, or that Jones should become another Mahomes or Allen, or that he should even stop Dak Prescott to be the NFC East’s best quarterback. But he should show at least enough improvement – now that his neck has recovered – enough toughness to give his team a reasonable chance of winning almost every week.
“Otherwise” may seem like the most appropriate words to follow this statement, but they are not necessary. Rookie General Manager Guo Xin had already told the quarterback “Otherwise” by refusing to pick his fifth year option. Jones has to be Palin right away, or he might lose his job before Halloween. The Giants went from one of the worst backups in the league (Mike Glennon) To own one of the best (Tyrod Taylor) for a reason.
Ahead of the Blue-White brawl and fan fest at MetLife Stadium on Friday night, Jones confirmed he’s getting more comfortable with another new offense every day. Asked if he feels head coach Brian Dabol has already started the process of getting the best out of him, Jones said: “Going into year four, I think I’m a more experienced player. I think I’m a better player than I have been in past years, so I feel More comfortable from this point of view in diagnosing what I see and making decisions.
“In terms of this offense and this scheme, I think it gives the midfielder a lot of options and allows the midfielder to use what he knows and distribute the ball based on that. … It has been fun working with Coach Daboll and his staff and working on this offense.”
On his first drive on Friday night, Jones nearly threw a six bat, hit Wan’Dale Robinson over the middle for big gains, grabbed the ball too long, and ran for 27 yards. In other words, it was a complete DJ experience.
We’ll see how it goes from here. Last week, Jones spoke about the liberating effect of Daboll’s offense which “puts men in a lot of different locations, hides things, and exposes their defenses.” He described the system as beneficial to the quarterback.
amazing. Daboll is committed to putting his most important players in a position to succeed, something previous Giants coaches have failed to do. Meanwhile, Jones has to help himself.
Giants co-owner Jon Mara said the organization “has done everything they could to destroy this kid since he was here.” But much has been said and written about how the Giants failed Jones, and not enough has been said and written about how the Giants failed the Giants.
For starters, he has to maintain his health and give his team 15 or 16 starts. Daboll said the Giants are doing everything they can to protect Jones, including instructions on when to get off and avoid hits while running. But Jones must also help Jones and protect himself. Manning showed up every Sunday, and his best ability was his availability. It’s time for Jones to be a full-time employee.
More than anything, it’s time for Jones to explain why the Giants recruited him in the first place.
He has enough size, arm, speed, experience and support to be a mid-level rookie player in the NFL. Jones has just called himself better than he has been so far. He has no good excuse this season to be anything but.