With the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected quarterback Daniel Jones out of Duke University. Many figured that New York was going to take a QB in the draft with Eli Manning looking atrocious over the past few years, but picking Jones at six was met with a ton of criticism. But yesterday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones shut those who criticized the pick shut their mouths.
In his first career start taking over for the legendary Manning, Jones led New York to a 32-31 victory throwing for 336 yards and two touchdowns. He also added two scores on the ground: Eli Manning has scored one rushing touchdown in his career.
If yesterday is any indication, the Giants look well off with Jones as their future quarterback, even though it is just one game.
The Bucs defense is nothing to be scared of, but they have started the year off hot and applied plenty of pressure to the young quarterback. That still did not affect Jones as seen in the tweet below.
#Giants Daniel Jones was under pressure on 47% of his dropbacks (3rd highest of Week 3).
He competed 80% of pressured attempts for 233 yards, 2 TDs, and a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
— Pat Thorman (@Pat_Thorman) September 23, 2019
Yesterday Jones gave something the Giants have not had for a little bit: electricty on offense. Eli Manning has been boring, unable to create anything. Jones was the opposite yesterday by showing off his legs and creating opportunities to go out and win the football game. He even did that with Saquon Barkley missing a majority of the game. Like I said it’s still just one game, but Jones looked great yesterday and it gives New York something to build off of.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)