Giants’ Jason Garrett beating Daniel Jones in ‘nut-cutting time’ competitions
The NY Giants need much more from Daniel Jones during ‘nut-cutting time’ during his third NFL season
Long after most of the NY Giants players head back into the locker room, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and Daniel Jones head back onto the field to get some extra work in to finish off the day.
"“We do like spending extra time having our competitions afterwards,” Garrett told reporters prior to Thursday’s practice. “Accuracy competitions and ballistics throwing competitions and just how you can perform in nut-cutting time competitions.”"
The NY Giants are certainly counting on Jones this season to come up big in clutch situations … or, nut-cutting time.
As for who has gotten the best of these post-practice competitions, well …
“It’s something we’ve done with quarterbacks for a long time,” Garrett explained. “I’m on a little bit of a streak here the last few days, so we’ll see how it goes.”
NY Giants need more from Daniel Jones in big situations
Jones enters the 2021 NFL season with just eight career wins through his first two seasons. Maybe more troubling for the Giants, is the fact that Jones has just one fourth quarter comeback (his NFL debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), and one game-winning drive (against Washington), and none since his rookie season.
Thanks to the likely return of star running back Saquon Barkley against the Denver Broncos Week 1, the addition of star wide receiver Kenny Golladay and first-round rookie Kadarius Toney, there’s a belief that this could be a ‘prove it’ season for Jones, to justify the NY Giants committing to him long-term.
Jones, though, doesn’t feel any additional pressure.
"“I think my mindset is just to go out and help this team win games,” Jones told reporters on Wednesday. “I think we’re in a position, we’ve had a good camp and we’re prepared, and my job is to put the team in a position to win games, to protect the football and distribute the ball to guys who can make plays for us. That’s kind of how I’m looking at it.”"
If Jones is able to build on his career 62.2 completion percentage and 8-18 record through 27 games, perhaps these post-practice battles with Garrett will prove a small reason why.
"“Outside the meeting rooms with all your guys,” Garrett says. “You’re trying to develop those relationships because what I would argue is that that’s what allows you to coach them hard and coach them to a high standard, them knowing that you care about them and you want what’s good for them individually and what’s good for us as a team. So, I think Daniel understands that. For me, we’ve had a really good relationship right from the start.”"
Matt Lombardo is FanSided’s National NFL Insider and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday. Email Matt: Matt.Lombardo@FanSided.com.