It seems as though NY Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones cannot shake his pre-draft narrative, as the talented rookie isn’t even being considered for NFL Offensive Rookie of the year despite having a monster campaign.
From the moment he took the field for the first time as a starter in Week 3 at Tampa Bay, Daniel Jones looked every bit like an NFL starting quarterback. After dazzling on his opening day, Jones continued to give Big Blue fans cause for hope in the future as he delivered his patented ‘Danny Dimes’ all year long, despite being in far from the best situation.
When it was all said and done, Jones threw for over 3,000 and had 24 passing TD’s to go along with just 12 picks. The rookie from Duke also chipped in 29 yards on the ground and two more TD’s. Jones had three games this season with at least 300 passing yards, four touchdowns and zero picks (and four games with four total TD’s, 300 yards and zero picks).
Despite only one other rookie QB besides Daniel Jones doing that in a game, ever, the rookie has never had higher odds than +2500 to win the offensive rookie of the year award all sason longer (via sportsbettingdime.)
Our buddy Will Presti put together a list of numbers (albeit cherrypicked) compared to other elite QB’s in the league to demonstrate just how impressive the rookie has been this season.
Obviously, the elephant in the room is Jones’ big time problem with hanging onto the football. The rookie fumbled the football an alarming 18 times in 2019, and Big Blue was only able to recover 7 of those back. He’ll have to work on that with the new head coach this offseason, and it’ll very likely be the main reason he isn’t highly considered for the award.
More than anything, it seems the many sportswriters and reporters that labeled Jones a bust cannot come to grips with the fact that he’s shown himself to be an elite rookie QB. The #6 overall pick only missed the rookie TD record by four TD’s, even though he only played in 12 games.
And don’t even get me started on Kyler Murray.