Insider gives Tyrod Taylor prediction that will worry Daniel Jones’ supporters
By Mike Luciano
The New York Giants are likely going to go into the season with Daniel Jones in the driver’s seat of Brian Daboll’s offense, but they did sign a veteran backup in case things go haywire. Tyrod Taylor has bounced around the league over the last few years, but he remains an effective spot-starter.
While both quarterbacks have exceptional mobility, they are a bit different from a stylistic point of view. While Jones has a slightly stronger arm and a prototypical frame, Taylor is much smaller and willing to dice teams up by getting rid of the ball quickly. Joe Schoen, who knew Taylor with the Buffalo Bills, brought him to New York.
If Taylor ends up taking over for Jones without an injury, that likely means that Daboll has decided the Duke product is not their quarterback for the future. Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson seems to think that Jones’ grip on the starting gig is not as firm as it may appear.
On the “You Pod To Win The Game” podcast, Robinson said that he believes Daboll would be willing to pull the plug on Jones and start Taylor as soon as the end of September or early October. If Robinson’s reporting is to be believed, that would show that Jones has quite a short leash.
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Taylor has played for the Browns, Chargers, and Texans over the last four seasons. After getting Wally Pipp’d by Baker Mayfield in Cleveland, Justin Herbert in Los Angeles, and Davis Mills in Houston, Taylor has only made 10 starts over the prior four years combined.
Taylor completed 56% of his passes and accounted for 12 total touchdowns (eight passing) in that span. The limited playing time he received doesn’t do him justice, as he can still deliver the ball accurately and use his legs to extend plays when the pocket breaks down.
Taylor is no stranger to learning new vocabulary, as he has had eight different offensive coordinators since the start of 2016. Picking up Daboll’s offense could come quickly to Taylor, which may worry Jones. This is the sternest challenge he’s had for the QB1 job.
If Jones’ struggles were indeed just a product of Jason Garrett’s offense and a lack of quality offensive line play, he should have nothing to worry about. However, if he gets off to a slow start for the third year in a row, some decision-makers in the building might decide to make the switch to Taylor.