I originally wanted to write about how great Jones has been running the ball. He leads the team in rushing yards, and has just about all year. He’s also in the top 3 when it comes to rushing quarterbacks.
But in the most redeeming play he’s made all year, he tripped well short of the end zone.
Luckily the Giants were able to score on that drive. But had they only settled for three, or didn’t score, it would have made for more than just a silly play for Jones. That trip could be evidence that even Jones’ best quality has a major flaw.
Maybe that self tackle is a one off. But maybe Jason Garrett is afraid to let Jones loose too many times in a single game. Not because of fear of injury, but fear of turnovers.
Jones has fumbled in six of seven games this year, and 10 of 13 last year. Many always come from his blindside. Any skilled defensive player who is chasing him down on a designed run or otherwise would know to target the ball.
It’s easy to kick a bad team while it’s down. But the Giants, and especially Daniel Jones, have not showed anything on the field worthy of praise.
People can continue to tout Jones’ potential. People can take solace that two or three of his 30 attempts in Thursday’s debacle were elite throws. But people also didn’t give Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, the benefit of the doubt. So people should also question the ability of Jones.