The legend of Daniel Jones keeps growing.
After a terrific preseason debut last week in which Jones completed all five of his passes for 67 yards and a touchdown, the New York Giants rookie followed that up by going 11-for-14 with 161 yards and a touchdown in a 32-13 win over the Chicago Bears on Friday night.
So, what went right and what went wrong for Jones in his second exhibition game?
Well, let’s start with the negatives: Jones fumbled twice in the contest, once on a bobbled snap and the other on a strip sack. Those are typical rookie mistakes that Jones will learn from going forward, but two turnovers is two turnovers no matter how you slice it.
But to be perfectly honest, those were about the only wrong things that Jones did all evening.
Otherwise, he was brilliant, confidently stepping up in the pocket and making pinpoint accurate throws, showing no fear in the face of defensive pressure and also looking very calm, cool and collected.
While there were numerous quick, short throws much like in his debut, this time, Pat Shurmur opened the playbook for Jones a little bit more, allowing him to improvise a bit.
Jones’ two most impressive throws of the night were, easily, a sideline throw to Cody Latimer for a big gain and then a touchdown pass to T.J. Jones on a fade route in the corner of the end zone, a notoriously difficult throw to make.
What was so great about those two plays was how assured Jones looked in making them.
Remember: this is a rookie quarterback who was drafted sixth overall by a franchise that plays in the largest media market on the planet, and that franchise was ripped to shreds for taking him.
Jones certainly has heard all of the noise.
“How could the Giants take him over Dwayne Haskins?”
“The Giants could have had him at No. 17.”
“This kid didn’t even put up big numbers at Duke.”
All of that criticism under such bright lights would be enough to bother many 22-year-olds, but Jones seems unfazed and has gone about his business incredibly well, both on and off the field.
He has said all of the right things, and he is also doing all of the right things.
Jones genuinely does not look like a rookie in the pocket. He doesn’t get happy feet, he doesn’t throw off of his back foot and he doesn’t seem to get rattled when the pocket begins to collapse. Instead, he steps up and makes a throw.
Obviously, it’s still just two preseason games, so the jury remains out on Jones regardless of how he looked in his first two contests. But we can nitpick as much as we want. The fact of the matter is that this kid has looked terrific thus far and has answered the bell.
We can easily sit here and say that the biggest takeaway from Jones thus far is that he hasn’t messed up, and given that it is preseason, that is somewhat fair, but we also can’t ignore what we have seen, and what we have seen is Daniel Jones looking really, really good.