Daniel Jones’ expectations for the Giants will be sky-high in 2023
The early talk of the NY Giants offseason was solely focused on Daniel Jones and his contract. After much back-and-forth, an agent change, and a divide created within the fanbase, the Giants got their guy. Jones signed a four-year deal worth $160 million. Yup, that’s a major payday for him.
With that said, what are his new expectations? Jones had countless doubters ahead of the 2022 campaign, but he silenced plenty of people thanks to his strong play, leading the G-Men to their first playoff berth since 2016. Now that he finalized his monster deal, more pressure will be on the young signal-caller.
Daniel Jones must live up to the hype for the Giants in 2023
In pervious years, there have been plenty of expectations laid upon the former No. 6 overall pick. In the beginning, Jones was supposed to pick up the pieces after Eli Manning stepped away from the game in 2019. That pressure alone is enough to crush someone.
Then, after going 3-9 in his first season starting, many fans out there were not excited about his future. The main component of his downfall were the turnovers. In Year 1 alone, Jones led the league with his 18 fumbles, losing 11 of them. Each and every one of those fumbles had people tearing their hair out.
To make matters worse, the Giants weren’t winning games. The terrible coaching in recent years from Joe Judge didn’t help things either. From the moment Brian Daboll and Joe Judge arrived to town, though, new belief has surrounded the organization. And, no one can deny Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka helped get Jones’ career back on track.
After helping NY go 9-7-1 in the regular season, the Giants took on the Vikings in the Wild Card Round. So, how did Jones do? In the 31-24 win over Minnesota, he performed like an MVP-caliber QB. With 301 yards through the air and another 78 on the ground, he willed the Giants to their first playoff victory since the Super Bowl win in 2011. Let that sink in.
Going into 2023, the pressure has never been higher for Jones to perform. When playing inside of the New York market, and this applies to all sports, once there is a taste of playoff action, the need for that taste again is only amplified. The fans want these Giants to go beyond making the playoffs, and go beyond winning their first-round games. The Big Blue supporters now have a Super Bowl on their minds.
With his $160 million deal to his name, people are ready to see Jones live up expectations. Schoen and the NY front office have gone out and signed Paris Campbell, plus they traded a third-round pick for Darren Waller, one of the best tight ends in the game.
More offensive help will surely be on the way in the NFL Draft too. The Giants are putting the pieces together for Jones to be at his best in 2023. Only time will tell if he delivers for Daboll next fall and winter.