Daniel Jones has to believe in himself despite outside noise
Being an athlete in New York City isn’t easy. The media will ask you the questions that you don’t want to answer and the fans have very high expectations.
When it comes to New York Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones, he has a lot of pressure on him to perform after being taken with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but his trainer says he can handle it.
“If it did, it wouldn’t show. He’s got pretty thick skin. He’s never complained to me once about it,” said Mickey Brueckner while appearing on the Talking Giants podcast, via CBS Sports. “For him it’s always focused on ‘How can I get better?’ always getting better every day. He’s never had any negative things to say about the challenges that come with playing in New York, which there are many. He’s pretty good about it.”
Brueckner says that Jones has a unique personality that helps him deal with playing in New York, just like former Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning.
“I think that’s what makes them able to do what they do. That there’s a unique personality and character trait that allows them to just tune all that stuff out,” Brueckner said. “… Nobody did that better than [Eli]. His headspace was only focusing on the task at hand.”
Manning struggled early in his career and broke out in his third season by leading the Giants to a Super Bowl win over an undefeated New England Patriots team. I don’t expect Jones to lead New York to a Super Boiwl this season, but he needs to prove that he can protect the football and win games on a consistent basis.
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