Daniel Jones Final Week 8 Grade: D+
The Giants did everything asked of them to put up a great fight and solid effort against this very talented Bucs team. The team led for a majority of the game but it felt too close for comfort as the thought of Tom Brady getting the last laugh over Daniel Jones seemed inevitable.
Brady and his offense were too much for Jones and his NY Giants’ offense. There’s no hiding the fact that Jones’ quarterbacking last night cost the Giants a premier win they desperately needed and have been in search of for years.
Again, Jones threw two interceptions leading right to 10 points for the Bucs in thee second half. You can’t win football games when turnovers are expected with your quarterback and the team’s offense every single week.
When the game mattered most, Jones couldn’t make the play. He had just hit Tate on a perfect lob pass over the defense. It wasn’t enough as Big Blue still needed a two-point conversion to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Jones had Dion Lewis open with 6.7 yards of speartion between Lewis and the closest defender at the top of his route (NFL Next Gen Stats). 6.7 yards is plenty more than enough space to get in a comfortable throw to Lewis far before Antoine Winfield Jr. had a chance to make a play on the ball. Although the flag was thrown and picked up after a highly-questionable no call, the PI in question wouldn’t have been an issue had Jones made the throw a split-second earlier.
These split seconds made the difference between a loss and a chance to win the game in OT. It was another example of #8 not being able to get the job done when the team needed him most.
Jason Garrett put together a balanced and aggressive gameplan for Jones and the offense. The team had some success with the run game and Jones had some solid pockets to throw from all night. It was the first time all year the offense extensively looked past 10+ yards to throw donwfield.
When the team proves they can win and that they can solve the same issues and mistakes from occurring over and over again, the doubters and questions will minimze. Until proven otherwise, several questions will continue to hang over this NY Giants team and Daniel Jones.