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Daniel Jones becomes Giants’ all-time leader in rookie passing yards

Daniel Jones

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones battled the snow and other wintry elements during Sunday’s contest against the Green Bay Packers to set the franchise’s record for passing yards in a single season from a rookie signal caller.

With a three-yard completion to running back Saquon Barkley, Jones hurdled former record holder Charlie Conerly, who set the mark in 1948 with 2,175 yards through the air.

Jones, who took over the starting quarterback gig from veteran Eli Manning back during Week 3, has steadily stacked up yards through the air in his first professional campaign. He entered the day with just a 2-7 record as the starter, but he had accounted for 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions, despite having been sacked 33 times in 10 games.

New York selected Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Duke, a move that all but tabbed him as the future of the Giants’ franchise under center. Manning began his 16th NFL campaign as the starter, before ceding way to Jones after two uninspiring performances.

Jones has had to deal with rampant injuries keeping him from playing alongside a true full allotment of pass catchers. On Sunday, both wide receiver Golden Tate and tight end Evan Engram were out of the mix, while star receiver Sterling Shepard missed multiple games earlier in the year due to injury.

Despite the new franchise mark, it’s unlikely that Jones will be in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year with Oakland’s Josh Jacobs starring in his debut season.