The case for and against NY Giants keeping Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones’ inconsistent season makes it difficult enough to evaluate his future with the NY Giants, but his neck injury only compounds his future further
Daniel Jones has been the topic of conversation amongst NY Giants fans since he was drafted No. 6 overall in 2019. Both defenders and dissenters of the former Duke quarterback have waved their pitchforks loudly for three seasons now.
Jones was felt to be overdrafted by many in 2019 but since then, surprisingly has shown some upsides to his game.
However, he’s still shown how critically and fundamentally flawed he still should be considered the Giants‘ franchise quarterback in a post Eli Manning era.
Here’s a look at both for and against the NY Giants keeping Daniel Jones.
The case for the NY Giants keeping Daniel Jones
One criticism the past two seasons has been that Jones was too careless with the football, fumbling a league high 11 times in 2020.
A relief to NY Giants fans this season has been seeing that number go down to seven with the number of fumble losses being halved to 3.
Jones has also shown how effective he is with his legs. So far this season, Jones is fifth in the league for quarterback rushing yardage with 298 yards and scoring two rushing touchdowns.
His rushing yards alone so far this season are almost 100 yards more than Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray.
A surprising stat to many people shows the ‘dual threat’ quarterback that Jones can be for the Giants on offense, in a similar fashion to other fellow quarterbacks like Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson or Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts.
According to Next Gen Stats, Daniel Jones was the best deep ball thrower amongst quarterbacks last year in the league.
Jones threw the ball deep in 2020 just 39 times, but the completion percentage was the highest in the NFL.
Back in the offseason, NY Giants GM Dave Gettleman spent big on free agents going all in on wide receiver Kenny Golladay, but so far has struggled to even stay on the field with nagging injuries and struggling to climatise to the Giants style of offense.
If the former Pro-Bowler can get his thing going and be that big-bodied, deep threat that Jones hasn’t had before, then and only then will we be truly able to get a full accurate evaluation on Daniel Jones.