The New York Giants boast an abysmal 2-8 record and are amid a six-game losing streak. While it hasn’t been a successful year in regards to winning, Daniel Jones continues to show his superstar potential for the Giants.
In Week 10, the rookie signal-caller threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns against the New York Jets. Despite losing the game, Jones has now had three games where he has aired it out for more than 300 yards and at least two touchdowns thus far.
Unfortunately, New York has only been able to win two of those games. Yes, Jones has made mental mistakes that have cost the Giants a chance to win some of their contests. But at the same time, he has continuously shown flashes of being a franchise quarterback in the NFL.
Altogether, Jones has combined to complete 63 percent of his attempts for 1,984 yards, 15 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in his first eight starts.
Unlike Eli Manning, Jones is also able to create plays with his legs. In addition to his passing abilities, the Duke product has rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns in his eight starts.
Again, of course, there are areas in Jones’ game that he needs to work on if he hopes to improve. Above all, the turnovers have been one of the only weaknesses of the first-year starter.
Through the first 10 weeks, Jones has turned the ball over a total of 21 times (eight interceptions, 13 fumbles). But when you have a rookie quarterback under center, you’re hoping that the good outweighs the bad. It has for Jones.
When the Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft, there was some doubt from the New York faithful that he was the right choice. Now, those doubts have turned into optimism after seeing Jones perform well in Pat Shurmur’s offense.
For a team that has only won seven games in the past two seasons, Jones has provided the fanbase a glimmer of hope for the foreseeable future. It’s quite impressive to see him perform the way he has considering the circumstance of the team.
Early in the season, Saquon Barkley suffered an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for a few weeks. Along with Barkley, receiver Golden Tate had a four-game suspension to begin the year while receiver Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram have both missed time due to injuries.
Above all, New York’s offensive line has been shaky, allowing 34 sacks (fourth-most in the NFL). Despite all of the unfavorable conditions, Jones has stood tall and delivered some memorable plays in his rookie campaign, proving that he can perform under duress.
As long as Jones can continue his development, there’s a chance we see him become one of the best players at his position in a couple of years. It’s safe to say that Giants fans are content with the front office’s decision to take Jones in the first round—for now.