From the moment Daniel Jones was drafted, he had a huge up hill battle. The former sixth overall pick was booed mercilessly by fans and heavily criticized analysts alike. However, he did what every good rookie should do; he got right to work to prove the doubters wrong. Not only did he have to win over the fans, but he also had the job of being coined Eli Manning’s replacement. Oh wait, I spelled that wrong, it’s two time Super Bowl MVP and Champion Eli Manning. And I know I do not need to remind everyone who those wins were against.
Anyway, I got side tracked. Jones balled out in the preseason with a perfect first drive as an NFL quarterback.
Jones earned his first start in Week 3 against Tampa and put on a show. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more including the game winner. He would go on to start 12 games in his rookie season throwing for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns. His one main weakness is ball security. Jones threw 12 interceptions while also committing 12 fumbles. Jones showed tremendous promise in his rookie season, and will look to carry that success over into his sophomore campaign.
What This Means for this Year
The Giants did everything they could to help Daniel Jones during the draft this year. They drafted three offensive lineman that should help sure up that line. In addition, Jones will not have the shadow of Eli hanging over him all season. Furthermore, Jones now knows that this is his team from the very first snap of OTAs (if and when those happen). He will take a major leadership role as a likely team captain and command the offense like every field general should.
Not only will the upgraded offensive line help Jones, it will help Saquon Barkley as well. A good run game will open up the passing game and allow Jones to succeed. In addition to Barkley, look for the connection with Darius Slayton and Evan Engram to grow in year two as the Giants can now throw the ball down field.
Daniel Jones is a good quarterback. He electrified an offense that has been stagnant for so many years. Even though it is not his primary feature, his ability to make plays with his legs is crucial. Not even prime Eli was able to do that so it opens up a whole new avenue of plays the Giants can run. With rookie head coach Joe Judge and new OC Jason Garrett, the Giants will score a lot of points. We know the offense should not be a problem, it’s if the defense can hold opponents to allow the offense a chance. Look for Jones to take a major step forward this season as he begins the next great streak of consecutive games starting for the New York Giants.
-Pete Chatterton (Pchat12)
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