Time for Daniel Jones to step up
With New York Giants’ starting quarterback Daniel Jones in a make or break year he will have to prove once and for all that he’s a franchise quarterback or Big Blue will have the option to draft his replacement next spring.
Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report has written an article where he predicts the fate of every young quarterback that’s entering a prove-it season. Here’s a portion of what he wrote:
Jones can make plays with his arm and legs. He showed flashes during his rookie term with 24 touchdown passes and only 12 interceptions. The 24-year-old has 702 rushing yards and three scores on the ground through 27 outings.
On the flip side, ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky talked to The Athletic’s Dan Duggan about mistakes that have plagued Jones up to this point.
“He has 10 to 12 plays a season—and I remember talking about this coming out of Duke—where it’s panic time,” Orlovsky said. “As a quarterback, you either panic with the football or you value the football. … For a guy that’s athletic and smart, he has way too many turnovers.”
Through two seasons, Jones has lost 17 of his 29 fumbles.
The Giants signed wideout Kenny Golladay, a 6’4″, 213-pound target whose catch radius can compensate for some errant passes, and selected versatile wideout Kardarius Toney in the first round of the draft. The rookie is Percy Harvin-like with his ability to catch, take handoffs and rack up yards after receptions.
If Jones falters with a pass-catching group that features, Golladay, Toney, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, the Giants may look for a signal-caller who can optimize that collective talent.
With a top-10 scoring defense, Jones doesn’t have to press unnecessarily, so he can curb his turnover rate. A healthy Saquon Barkley in the backfield gives him more support.
Jones has quality playmakers around him and the tools to make a significant third-year jump, which would garner some trust from the Giants front office.
Projection: Giants exercise Jones’ fifth-year option but hold off on an extension.
Moton is right, if Jones can’t get the job done this season with all of the weapons that general manager Dave Gettleman acquired for him this offseason then he’ll never be a franchise quarterback
Despite an up and down season in 2020 I’m optimistic that Jones will have a great season this fall.
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