Daniel Jones had a better season than people realize
New York Giants’ starting quarterback Daniel Jones didn’t have the best season in 2020 when it comes to his stats, but one website in particular that claims he improved from his rookie season is Pro Football Focus.
On the flipside, Pro Football Network has Jones ranked as one of the worst quarterbacks in the league. Here’s what the wrote:
#23 – Daniel Jones, New York Giants ⇑4
Season: 14 GP | 210.2 (22nd) | 62.5% (28th) | 6.2 avg CAY (13th) | 2.5 TD% (T-29th) | 2.2 INT% (T-17th) | 24.27 OVM (16th) | 423 rush yards (6th) | 1 rush TD (T-21st)
Daniel Jones appeared much more nimble on Sunday, allowing him to extend plays and throw from outside of the pocket. The offense benefitted from Jones’ improved health, but it was too little too late as the New York Giants were unable to capture a division crown and subsequent playoff birth. As a whole, Jones’ 2020 season left us wanting more. As the offense began to gel mid-season, the injuries hit, and Jones’ growth was stunted. For that reason, Jones’ sophomore numbers weren’t much different from that of his rookie campaign. The biggest discrepancy was in the touchdown pass category where Jones threw 11 scores this season compared to his 24 from a year ago. Quite the disparity.
I think PFN has a good point when it comes to Jones’ stats but success in the NFL is about more than stats. You also have to factor in that he had the hardest schedule of any other quarterback in the NFL in 2020.
At the end of the day people are going to criticize Jones until he plays at a high level on a consistent basis. In order for that to happen, the Giants need to get him more weapons and stabilize their offensive line.