Here's why Daniel Jones should start Week 1 even if the Giants draft a new QB

The Giants would be wise to allow a rookie QB to sit and learn behind Daniel Jones

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When watching the playoffs, New York Giants fans couldn't help but notice how calm, cool, and collected Packers quarterback Jordan Love looked in a 48-32 rout of the Dallas Cowboys. While fans soaked up every moment of watching the Cowboys get beaten, there might have been an underlying theme that the NY Giants can utilize with a potential rookie QB.

With the No. 6 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Giants must strike gold with their selection. While there are no certainties, the Giants will likely look to hand the reins off to a young QB. With that said, the Giants can't afford to use their draft capital on a player that does not pan out. Could Schoen even trade up?

Every year, we see players like Johnny Manziel, Trey Lance, Sam Darnold, and Zach Wilson being given the keys to the franchise and relinquishing the opportunity at hand. The reality is that QB is the most demanding position on the field, and arguably, in all sports. These young guns are often unprepared and underdeveloped to play at the next level.

When watching Love sling it in his first year as a starter, it was clear that his three years of sitting behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay did wonders for his development. Many even saw glimpses of Rodgers' mannerisms and pinpoint accuracy in Love's performance against the San Francisco 49ers.

What does the future have in store for Giants QB Daniel Jones?

While the Rodgers comparison isn't spot on - being that Daniel Jones isn't the two-time reigning MVP like Rodgers was - there is evidence of it being smart for young QBs sitting their first couple of years in the league before getting the chance to shine.

While, yes, the vision of Jones starting the 2024 season as the QB and gracefully handing it over sounds excellent, the math doesn't quite add up. Let's say Jones comes out in 2024 and returns to his 2022 self, playing well and leading the team to the playoffs. Great, right? Yes, while fans would love that, the No. 6 overall selection, assuming it's a QB, would have been, in many ways, a "waste."

Alternatively, if Jones comes in and plays like he looked in 2023, it wouldn't take long for fans and the unruly New York media to rip into Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen, demanding to see what the young prospect's got.

While there may not be a crystal clear vision of what drafting a QB would mean for Jones' career, the Giants would be wise to hesitate before throwing a rookie QB into the NFL fire. With better QB play needed to make the Giants' roster look anything like the team that won a playoff game in 2022, let's hope for concise and thoughtful decision-making from the front office this offseason.

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