Time to lay off Daniel Jones
One thing that bothers me the most about the NFL is how impatient people are with player development and specifically the development of New York Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones.
This is only Jones’ second season in the NFL and his first full season as a starter and people are ready for him to be benched. I don’t see how that would help him right now. He needs to work through his problems and starting veteran Colt McCoy at quarterback wouldn’t give the Giants any more wins.
ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. was a guest on ESPN Radio’s “Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin Show and defended Jones.
“Let’s lay off Daniel Jones. He showed on the big stage [Monday] night in a key situation that he had some medal in that final drive,” Kiper said, via Giants Wire. “Now that last throw, in my opinion, that’s pass interference. You throw the flag, it’s pass interference. Simultaneous? That didn’t look simultaneous to me. That was their reason for changing the call. If their reason is it’s simultaneous, they’re wrong, it should have been a flag.
“Daniel Jones is learning. He’s 20 starts into his career, guys. He’s not 65 starts in. Peyton Manning had 23 interceptions his fourth year in the league. He had 100 interceptions in his first five years. He had 53 the five years after that. [Jones] is learning, those are learning teachable moments.
“People ask: ‘when is he going to stop making those mistakes?’ Well, he’s only a year and a half into his career, okay? Josh Allen in Year 2, was making mistakes just like that and in Year 3 he’s not making any of those mistakes. Let’s give these quarterbacks some time, okay?”
I agree that the refs shouldn’t have picked up their flag for PI on the Giants’ two-point try against the Bucs.
People need to realize that not every quarterback is great right away. Actually most aren’t. No one knows how good Jones will be, but he needs time before we can truly judge him.