Daniel Jones is Better Than You Realize
When the Giants selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones over Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, fans at the draft booed the pick. Despite his stance with the fans, Jones was focused and seemed relaxed in his debut on Thursday against the New York Jets. He was the starting quarterback and in his first NFL drive Jones was a perfect 5/5, totaling 67 yards and scoring the first touchdown of the game for the Giants.
In only one drive, Daniel Jones displayed several qualities of a great young quarterback. Jones kept his cool even when the Jets tried to blitz the young quarterback, and was able to ignore the fans boos on draft night and preform at a high level.
The highlight of his first NFL game was the touchdown pass Jones threw to Bennie Fowler III. From shotgun, Jones lined up with receivers on either side, and running back Wayne Gallman Jr. as an option to his left. As the four-man Jets rush closed in around him, Jones lofted a spiral towards the top right corner of the end zone. The ball missed Trenton Cannon’s interception attempt, and fell right into Fowler’s hands for the score. It was a pass that very few quarterbacks could complete, but Jones got it done under immense pressure.
In all of Jone’s five throws in his opener, the Duke product was able to find his receivers amid numerous defenders, and fire passes accurately with very little space and great timing. He didn’t get to show off the scramble speed he displayed during his time in college with the Blue Devils, but he was able to label himself as a great young passer.
The game against the Jets was the perfect showing for Daniel Jones. While short, his time with the Giants in that game showed his relaxed attitude under pressure, and his ability to bullet the football accurately to his receivers with very little space, a skill not many young quarterbacks have. Giants fans should have better opinions of Jones after his debut in the league, and hopefully begin embracing the thought of him becoming the franchise quarterback in a couple of years.