Daniel Jones becomes first rookie ever to throw for 350+ yards, 5 TD, 0 INT in a game
The New York Giants infamously selected former Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. While many believed that the Giants should have instead selected former Ohio State Buckeyes and current Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, it appears as though New York made the right decision in the end — at least for now.
On Sunday afternoon, Jones led the Giants to victory over Haskins and the Redskins while the two lovely NFC East franchises battle it out in a shootout that ultimately needed overtime to settle the score. In the process, Jones made some history while stringing together quite the individual statistical performance.
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“Savage,” Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard said of his team’s rookie signal caller after New York topped Washington in Week 16, via Jordan Raanan of ESPN. “That dude is going to be something special.”
It is also worth noting that Jones has another shot at history next week against the rival Philadelphia Eagles. Despite remaining in line to start just 12 regular season games this time around, Jones needs to record four touchdown passes in Week 17 against the Eagles to tie a previous rookie record set by current Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Last season, Mayfield notably set the all-time mark by tossing 27 touchdown passes in his first NFL campaign.
Of course, the Giants did not encounter much success in terms of winning this season. However, New York will now pick well inside the top 10 in order to add a player that will help Jones and company long term.