By Michael Stewart/@golferbad
This is part 10 of 10 in a series of player spotlights as the selection of 2019 6th overall pick of QB Daniel Jones did not have an overall positive reaction as many Giant fans were expecting GM Dave Gettleman to select OLB Josh Allen who surprisingly slipped and was available. After the early onslaught by the media and fans alike, GM Dave Gettleman stood strong with his convictions and proclaiming Daniel Jones as the real deal. Fast forward to Game 3 of the 2019 season, the Giants decided to bench future Hall of Famer Eli Manning for the young quarterback, who responded with a come from behind win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-31.
Jones in his final 11 starts had his ups and downs; especially with holding onto the ball as he recorded 18 fumbles (3 recovered) but managed to produce 3,037 through the air with 24 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions in 12 games. Jones displayed a lot of poise for a rookie quarterback, despite being sacked 38 times (roughly 3 times per game), not to mention the countless times’ Jones was either pressured or hurried and avoided a sack.
Jones will have the undaunted tasks of learning a new system again under OC Jason Garrett, however; Garrett believes his system is right up Daniel Jones ally and fits his ability to a tee. There are still some critics among us if Jones is the future quarterback for the Giants, so 2020 will be a very important year for him to silence them.
Personally, I believe Jones will adapt well with the new system and has the make-up and ability to lead this Giants team in the right direction and follow the footsteps of past Giant quarterback who have led this team to Super Bowl victories like Phil Simms, Jeff Hostetler, and Eli Manning.