3 ways NY Giants’ Daniel Jones can take a Josh Allen-esque leap next season
The best plays for the Giants’ offense this year were made by Jones and his legs.
While he’ll never be what Lamar Jackson is to Baltimore, Jones kept defenses on their toes while running the option and his scrambling ability. The Giants’ offense was at their best when Jones was able to use that athleticism – and at their worst when he was unable due to injury.
The way Buffalo uses Josh Allen’s athleticism should be the exact way the Giants use Jones’. It’s their secret weapon – and some of their best plays come out of exploiting it.
The Giants’ did use Jones’ athleticism to their advantage this season, but it was just about the only thing that worked in their advantage on offense. Instead of using it as basically their whole offense, it would be vital for them to use it ‘in addition to’ instead.
Injury concerns rise with Jones’ running ability, but we’ve seen plenty of quarterbacks have the same ability but use it to their advantage. Aside from Allen, Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield have become experts at using athleticism to maneuver the pocket and pick up first downs.
The Giants’ 31st ranked offense was even worse when Jones wasn’t on the field this season, so finding the balance where he can use his athleticism and stay on the field is vital to next season.
In 2019, the Bills offense didn’t exactly scare anyone – it was ranked 23rd in points and 24th in yards. After the addition of Diggs and the changes by Daboll, they jumped to second overall in each category.
The Giants’ offense has potential to make a Bills-esque jump, but it only happens if Jones makes an Allen-esque leap. If they’re able to get him a WR1, evolve the offense and use his athleticism, the results will come.
A lot of critics soured on Allen after last season – he was just a big, inaccurate quarterback who held his team back. Jones has the same chance Allen did – a chance to shut up his critics, strengthen his claim on the starting job and take his team to the next level.
If the Giants can do right by their signal caller, it may be Jones who’s making the spectacular plays in the playoffs next season.