#1 Daniel Jones is third in rushing among QBs
After nearly two decades of Eli Manning fail to fall forward, Daniel Jones was drafted to become the answer to the evolution of today’s NFL. It’s no coincidence that where Eli struggled Jones excels.
Jones currently leads the Giants in rushing yards, with 384. He even has the longest run on the team, the infamous turf-monster-self-tackle in Week 7 against the Eagles. He’s currently averaging 38 rushing yards per game.
But the most surprising aspect of Jones’ running skill has to be that he’s currently third in rushing yards among all quarterbacks in the NFL. Only Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson are ahead. And he’s one of only five quarterbacks with at least 300 rushing yards this season.
Jones is not attempting to run nearly as many times as those ahead of him. Murray has 87 attempts and 604 yards, while Jackson has 90 attempts for 524. Jones only has 49. His numbers are more in line with Russell Wilson, currently fifth in yards, who only has 45 attempts. Wilson and Jones are the only two within the top five with fewer than 80 attempts.
Jones can certainly run the ball. And, at times, he’s shown that he can hang in the pocket and throw a beautiful pass. His ability to make those throws and run effectively open up a dimension on the field that was off limits during the Eli years, though Jones’ struggles with ball security limit the amount of designed runs Jason Garrett is willing to use.
But Jones enters the bye week with two consecutive turnover-free games — the first time in his career he’s achieved that feat. He’s showing he can fix his biggest weakness, which may improve his biggest strength.