NY Giants’ Daniel Jones takes big leadership step

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports) /

Daniel Jones gathered some of the NY Giants’ marquee weapons for a passing camp in Arizona earlier this month

The NY Giants are banking on Daniel Jones making significant strides on the field in his third season, but the quarterback has already made a big step as the team’s leader this offseason.

Jones, earlier this month, gathered several of the NY Giants’ top skill position players, both new and returning, for a passing camp in Arizona.

Last offseason, Jones’ first that he would enter training camp as the unquestioned starting quarterback, he couldn’t get together with teammate due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but seems to be making up for lost time.

Making strides in his recovery from a torn ACL, running back Saquon Barkley was among those in attendance for Jones’ workouts. So, too, was marquee offseason addition, wide receiver Kenny Golladay, tight ends Evan Engram and Kaden Smith, quarterback Clayton Thorston, among others.

Jones making marked improvements in his third season could hold the key to the NY Giants making a legitimate push to return to the postseason for the first since 2017. Last season, Jones completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,943 yards with just 11 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, in his first season playing in coordinator Jason Garrett’s system.

The NY Giants are banking on Barkley bouncing back in a big way, Golladay building on the strong start to his career as a true No. 1 wide receiver in Jones’ arsenal and the rest of the offense making strides around Jones in his critical third season as the starter.

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