The schedule could not have worked out better for the New York Giants and their rookie quarterback. Daniel Jones was able to play his first two games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins. After a near perfect debut, Jones took a visible step back against the Redskins.
Jones finished 23-for-31 for 225 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in a 24-3 win for the Giants. He averaged 7.3 yards per pass attempt and just under 10 yards per completion. This win moved the Giants to 2-2 and just one game back in the NFC East.
The schedule will certainly get tougher for the Giants. Their next two games will be against the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots. Jones will have to play much better than he did against the Redskins if he wants to win one of those two games.
Daniel Jones Grade vs. Redskins: C+
The Redskins are allowing 399.2 yards per game. Opponents are converting 65% of third downs against Washington. They are one of the worst defensive units in football and that continued against the Giants.
The Giants scored 17 points in the first half. Jones led the Giants on two long drives in the first half aided by defensive penalties. New York took advantage of an interception that set their offense up at the 32-yard line of the Redskins. The next possession was a 13-play drive that ended in a touchdown with two defensive holding calls.
New York did not get in the end zone in the second half. Their defense came up for a pick six, which was the only score in the final 30 minutes of the game. The Giants got to 2-2 with this win, but two losses are on their horizon.
As for Jones, it is clear that he is not a finished product. He was getting anointed as the next Eli Manning after a gift win in Tampa Bay. The facts are that he is mobile and he shows poise.
On the other hand, he turned the ball over twice and it should have been more. The Giants did not need him to do much in this win. Jones could end up becoming the next big thing, but it’s time to pump the brakes on him until more is shown. He did not play great against the Redskins and that is alarming with two tough opponents coming up.