When Daniel Jones was taken by the New York Giants with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the critics ran rampant.
In the FBS last season, Daniel Jones was…
– 60th in completion percentage
– 66th in efficiency
– 81st in yards per attempt
Sixth overall pick.
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) April 26, 2019
The Giants selection of him in the top 10 was rewarded with multiple critiques.
“Why pick him at six he would’ve been there at 18!”.
“Dwayne Haskins was still on the board why didn’t you take him?” (Yikes)
A quarterback from Duke?!? Are you kidding me?!?”
Despite those comments, Jones was able to impress in his rookie year. He showed off his arm, poise, and his athletic ability. All in all, Jones managed to put together a formidable first season.
Since 1970, only 12 different rookie QBs have posted a single game line of:
300+ passing yards
Daniel Jones – 3 games (2019)
11 others – 1 game
— Curtis Patrick (@CPatrickNFL) August 23, 2020
Still, it was expected that Jones was going to take a step forward in his sophomore season after starting 12 games in 2019. Sadly, that has not been the case.
Jones is at a disadvantage considering the Giants are, well, the Giants. Dave Gettleman and New York’s front office has tried “helping” their young QB by adding players like 30+ year-old Golden Tate, and scat running back Dion Lewis.
If you couldn’t read the sarcasm, it was there. Jones hasn’t had many weapons and no real offensive line. You can argue that Saquon Barkley is a great weapon, but ever since Jones has been in blue the running back hasn’t been able to stay consistently healthy.
Still, Jones needs to play better. He is playing like his rookie self and- after yesterday- Jones has now turned the ball over in 17 of his 18 career games.
Daniel Jones has a turnover in 17 of his 18 career games https://t.co/9MCHTnTY1D
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) October 11, 2020
There is still plenty of time for Jones to establish himself and carve out a nice career, but the leash a quarterback has in the NFL nowadays is shorter than short. I mean, just look at what the Washington Football Team did with Dwayne Haskins. I believe that, that story goes beyond just a benching, but the point still stands.
“Dwayne Haskins just got robbed, this is a first round pick who hasn’t been given an opportunity. Has he played great football? No, but neither has Daniel Jones.”@AdamSchein is not a fan of the Washington Football Team benching Haskins. pic.twitter.com/znQMRuDuuz
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) October 11, 2020
And even though Jones has flashed a bit more than Haskins, he is still a first rounder that needs to show he can lead his team to wins. But as of right now, it doesn’t look like he is that guy for the Giants.
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