4 Week 2 plays that show Daniel Jones may not be the Giants QB1 of the future
By Reese Nasser
Daniel Jones and the New York Giants are officially 2-0 for the first time since 2016. The Week 2 matchup against the Carolina Panthers proved to be a battle of the defenses, as each side fought to keep the star running backs at bay.
Jones finished the day throwing for 176 yards and one touchdown on 22 total attempts. On the ground, he rushed for 21 yards on 10 total attempts, including a crucial, game-clinching first down. Along with this, Jones recorded zero turnovers.
When looking deeper into how Jones threw the ball, several things may be a cause for concern. According to Next Gen Stats, 17 of Jones’ 22 completions came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. The ball was not pushed down the field often, with none of the completions being more than 20 yards down the field. Along with this, only one ball was thrown for more than 30 yards.
While Jones did enough to lead the Giants to a win, there were several troubling plays from the fourth-year quarterback. Whether it be poorly thrown passes, near interceptions, or just overall bad choices, it has led many to still question if he is the QB1 of the future. Even with a 2-0 start, his future with the franchise is still up in the air.
Here are four plays that show Daniel Jones may not be the Giants QB1 of the future
4. A near pick-six to end the half
With less than a minute remaining in the first half, Jones threw arguably his riskiest pass of the day. The Giants, who were at their own 35 yard line, with two timeouts still in their pocket, attempted to make one final push down the field.
As the Giants made their push, Jones targeted Sterling Shepard for what would have been a first down. The only problem was that the pass was thrown into double coverage, and nearly ended in an interception.
Panthers linebacker Frankie Luvu allowed the ball to slip through his hands, saving Jones from a turnover. If intercepted, Luvu could have easily gone for the pick-six and given the Panthers a touchdown lead heading into halftime. A turnover in that situation could have proved to be game-altering for the Giants. The Panthers would have had the ball deep in NY territory if Luvu didn’t take it back to the house.
It seems that with each week, Jones makes questionable plays such as this. While he is solid, this isn’t what you are looking for in your franchise quarterback.