Daniel Jones report card: NY Giants QB tosses two INTs in loss to Buccaneers

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports) /
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NY Giants quarterback Daniel Jones had one of the worst games of his career on Monday night.

Daniel Jones needs to step up now or face the prospects of becoming a backup NFL quarterback. That’s especially true after the NY Giants’ disheartening loss to the Buccaneers Monday night.

That’s the reality for a third-year quarterback with an 11-25 record, 27 interceptions, and 36 fumbles to start his career.

Jones yet again took a huge step backward this week with only 167 yards on 4.4 yards per completion with only one TD and two interceptions Monday night in Tampa.

Jones is now 0-8 in primetime NFL games. He still hasn’t won in front of a national audience on a grand stage to deliver a signature win for the NY Giants. His two performances on Monday Night against the Bucs both this year and last year mirror much of the same from Jones. A clean first half in a close game lost on costly second-half interceptions from Jones.

There is much to break down from Daniel Jones’ performance tonight. It certainly wasn’t the performance anyone in New York had expected or hoped for. With the loss, the NY Giants now drop to 3-7, they haven’t had one winning streak all season, and again have far more questions than answers right now.

Here’s a look at Daniel Jones’ Week 11 performance for the NY Giants:

 Daniel Jones Best Moment of the Night

The NY Giants only scored one touchdown this game and had two scoring drives.

The first points came from a field goal on the opening drive. The lone touchdown ‘drive’ came from the 5-yard line and took just two plays.

Jones threw the touchdown pass for just his 9th passing touchdown of the season. It wasn’t to Kenny Golladay or Kadarius Toney for the first time all year, nor was it to Saquon Barkley. Instead, the Ny Giants pulled out a play from last season and ran it to the same success for an Andrew Thomas tackle-eligible touchdown.

NY Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett called the same play last year on a 4th quarter 2-point conversion against Dallas for a successful conversion. The Giants ran the same play and Thomas hauled in a catch that linemen all over the country envied from peewee high school to the NFL.

Jones also led a nice 13-play, 56-yard drive that ate up 7 minutes of the game clock to open the game. The drive stalled in the red zone as the Giants’ last-ranked red zone offense sputtered again.

Jones’ lone bright spot on the day was to Thomas. It was a fun, creative play that caught the defense by surprise.