Daniel Jones: What to Expect in the Coming Season
A year ago, Daniel Jones was the Junior QB at Duke University who led his Blue Devils to an 8-5 record; despite ony being known outside of North Carolina by NFL Draft Analysts about 2 minutes before he was drafted, DJ was selected 6th overall by Dave Gettleman and the New York Giants. The new heir apparent to Eli Manning’s throne, Jones had a gigantic amount of pressure on him when he replaced the veteran Manning in week 3 of the 2019 season. His first game against Tampa Bay was an absolute wake-up call to many of Jones’ doubters. Going an astounding 23-36 (64%) for 336 yds, 2 passing touchdowns, and 2 rushing touchdowns; AND THE WIN. Jones’ performance put the final nail in Eli Manning’s coffin, pushing him into retirement.
One year later, Jones is the greenhorn franchise QB for the Giants. The expectations are somewhere along the line of he can deliver a Super Bowl. DJ is going to be 23 years old in the 2020 season, and with nearly a full season of play under his belt (12 starts) I think a realistic expectation is for him to compete to be one of the best QB’s in the NFC. In 12 starts, Jones threw for 3,000 yds, 24 tds, 12 ints, and completed 62% of his passes. Those are some great numbers for a rookie QB with a sub-par offensive line and a banged up Saquon Barkley. There is no reason, if the Giants are able to draft well (check out LDC’s mock draft here), that DJ can’t thrive in year 2. He needs to cut down on his turnovers, I would like to see his interceptions drop to around a realistic 8-10, and his fumbles need to be eliminated entirely. He fumbled an astounding 18 times in 13 games played. That’s unacceptable in an NFL where the defensive players are playing at an all-time level of speed.
All in all, I hope to see DJ take the next step in his career to get the Giants closer to a Super Bowl. He has the tools, he has the weapons, and he’s incredibly driven/intelligent. For a team that’s been awful the past three seasons, DJ needs to be the guiding example for the rest of the team to rally around. In the NFL, a team only gets as far as it’s QB; and if the Giants wish to compete for titles, they need their young QB to not be good, but GREAT.
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