Since Daniel Jones suffered a torn ACL in Week 9, a pressing question has dominated discussions about the New York Giants' future: Is Daniel Jones the guy? Despite landing a four-year, $160 million contract after an impressive 2022 season, doubts have emerged about Jones' ability to steer the team.
Although much has changed since Jones signed his contract, Eli Manning has urged fans not to lose all faith in the quarterback. Manning defended Jones, emphasizing there's more to the story than many think. So, should the Big Blue faithful remain patient with Jones, or should they hope a new QB will start come Week 1 in 2024?
Eli Manning has full belief in Daniel Jones to turn his Giants career around
In many ways, Giants fans agree with Eli's perspective on the situation. There is no doubt that Jones is a great teammate who says all the right things and has tremendous intangibles. However, not everyone shares Mannings' optimism about Jones being the long-term quarterback solution.
Before going down with his knee injury, Jones looked rough whenever he was on the field - he closed the campaign out with only 909 passing yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions in six games played in '23.
Both Tyrod Taylor and Tommy DeVito, an NJ native who tossed for three TDs in the win over Washington, have looked better running the offense at times. While no one argues that Taylor or DeVito are a better man for the job, Jones has battled several injuries since being drafted and turnovers have been a major issue.
Interestingly, the Giants have averaged nearly five more points per game this season without Jones as the starting quarterback. This has led some fans to advocate for hitting the reset button, eyeing the 2024 NFL Draft for a fresh quarterback option. Perhaps Caleb Williams or Drake Maye?
The Giants' front office's upcoming decision remains uncertain, leaving fans to contemplate what lies ahead for the franchise. Time will tell the path the team chooses and what it means for the future of Danny Dimes, but Manning, a two-time Super Bowl winner with the G-Men, wants to see NY surround Jones with more playmakers rather than giving up on him.