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NY Giants general manager Joe Schoen had an opportunity to speak ahead of the 2024 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. While nothing too major was revealed by the soon-to-be third-year GM, he did provide an interesting update on his $160 million quarterback.

With the team set to pick No. 6 overall, many have speculated that the Giants could look to select a potential franchise quarterback. Whether it be Jayden Daniels, or a trade-up to take Caleb Williams or Drake Maye, there has been no limit on speculation surrounding what New York could do. However, thanks to this announcement from Schoen, things just got way more interesting.

Joe Schoen expects Daniel Jones to be ready for training camp

Obviously, nothing is set in stone for what position the Giants will take early in the first round, but most of the buzz has pointed toward a quarterback. Now, with Daniel Jones set to likely return by training camp, Schoen could be moved to build around Jones as opposed to replacing him.

This wouldn't be the most surprising outcome, as Jones has a hefty cap hit of $46 million, so replacing him would mean a huge chunk of the Giants' cap space would be allocated toward nothing. Jones may not be the best, but with that much money tied up into one player, Schoen may not have much of a choice.

Say the Giants don't wish to take a QB anymore, there are still plenty of valuable options regardless of the position they want to target. Whether it be Malik Nabers, Joe Alt, Olu Fashanu, or Rome Odunze, there really is no shortage of star talent.

Given this new update, it will be interesting to see how Schoen navigates through the draft and whether or not he takes a quarterback. I know some fans may not want to see Jones suit up much for the Giants in 2024, but with his cap hit, there may not be many other viable options, especially if he'll be healthy out of the gates. Will Jones start Week 1? It seems likely, but you never know.