At area stage, it’s simpler to see why the Giants chosen Daniel Jones to be their quarterback. He has the dimensions for the old-school calls for of the pocket, and the athleticism for the new-school calls for across the edge. Eli Manning solely wished he might transfer in house the best way his successor can.
The opposite day in follow, Jones made a protracted throw to Kenny Golladay that seemed like one thing ripped from the Aaron Rodgers playbook. It was a picture-perfect cross down the correct sideline, excessive of cornerback Adoree’ Jackson. Golladay gained the battle within the air for the catch and barely acquired two toes down proper in entrance of a small gathering of scribes.
The Giants’ deposed basic supervisor, Dave Gettleman, had no clue easy methods to construct a successful soccer group. However he was prepared to take the warmth he took for drafting the Duke quarterback No. 6 total in 2019 as a result of he noticed these instruments at work.
In order Jones enters his fourth season because the Giants’ franchise player-to-be, because the 6-foot-5 man who kinda seems and kinda acts and kinda talks just like the 6-5 Eli, however undoubtedly doesn’t win like him, he has no excuses to not grow to be a dependable NFL starter. He has taken hundreds of snaps in practices and in video games, and he has seen just about all the things defensive coordinators have to supply.
Jones is now being protected by two tackles taken within the high seven picks of their respective drafts. He’s now working with a wholesome Saquon Barkley, and with some elusive targets on the surface, and with a head coach who has spent high quality time round Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and Josh Allen, and who has his current receivers all excited about his pre-snap motion and post-snap freedom.
Jones can also be working with Patrick Mahomes’s inventive tutor, Mike Kafka, versus Jason Garrett and Freddie Kitchens, which most soccer individuals would think about … ahem … a slight improve.
No person is saying that the Giants ought to make the playoffs this yr, or that Jones ought to grow to be one other Mahomes or Allen, or that he ought to even hurdle Dak Prescott to be the perfect quarterback within the NFC East. However he ought to at the least present sufficient enchancment and — now that his neck has healed — sufficient sturdiness to provide his group an inexpensive probability to win virtually each week.
“Or else” would appear essentially the most acceptable phrases to comply with that assertion, however they aren’t vital. Rookie basic supervisor Joe Schoen has already instructed his quarterback “or else” by declining to choose up his fifth-year possibility. Jones must be ballin’ immediately, or he might lose his job earlier than Halloween. The Giants went from having one of many worst backups within the league (Mike Glennon) to having one of the best (Tyrod Taylor) for a reason.
Earlier than the Blue-White scrimmage and Fan Fest at MetLife Stadium on Friday night time, Jones maintained that he’s rising extra comfy with yet one more new offense every single day. Requested if he felt that head coach Brian Daboll had already began the method of getting the perfect out of him, Jones mentioned: “Going into yr 4, I believe I’m a extra skilled participant. I believe I’m a greater participant than in years previous, so I really feel extra comfy from that standpoint in diagnosing what I’m seeing and making selections.
“Because it pertains to this offense and this scheme, I believe it provides the quarterback quite a lot of choices and permits for a quarterback to make use of what he is aware of and distribute the ball primarily based on that. … It’s been enjoyable working with Coach Daboll and his employees and dealing on this offense.”
On his first drive Friday night time, Jones almost threw a pick-six, hit Wan’Dale Robinson over the center for an enormous acquire, held the ball too lengthy, and ran for a 27-yard landing. In different phrases, it was the complete DJ expertise.
We’ll see the way it goes from right here. Final week, Jones spoke of the liberating influence of a Daboll offense that “places guys in quite a lot of completely different spots, disguises issues, reveals defenses.” He described the system as useful to a quarterback.
Nice. Daboll has an obligation to place his most vital participant able to succeed, one thing earlier Giants coaches did not do. On the identical time, Jones has to assist himself.
Giants co-owner John Mara mentioned that the group had “performed all the things attainable to screw this child up since he’s been right here.” However an excessive amount of has been mentioned and written about how the Giants have failed Jones, and never sufficient has been mentioned and written about how Jones has failed the Giants.
For starters, he has to remain wholesome and provides his group 15 or 16 begins. Daboll mentioned the Giants are doing all the things they’ll to guard Jones, together with instruction on when to get down and keep away from hits on the run. However Jones has to assist Jones too, and shield himself. Manning confirmed up each Sunday, his greatest means being his availability. It’s time for Jones to be a full-time worker.
Greater than something, it’s time for Jones to point out why the Giants drafted him within the first place.
He has the dimensions, the arm, the pace, the expertise, and sufficient help to be a productive mid-level starter participant within the NFL. Jones simply referred to as himself a greater participant than he has been up to now. He has no good excuse this season to be something however.