Giants news: Daniel Jones finishes preseason with 137.3 passer rating
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Giants’ Daniel Jones finishes preseason with 137.3 passer rating

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New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones finished his outstanding preseason on Thursday. Against the New England Patriots, the former Duke Blue Devil went 4-of-4 for 47 yards in the Giants’  preseason finale. Over the entirety of his four exhibition games, Jones posted a remarkably high 137.3 passer rating.

For the preseason, Jones has gone 29-of-34 (85% completion rate) for 416 yards and two touchdowns to no interceptions. Though he had two lost fumbles against the Chicago Bears Week 2, the No. 6 overall pick has had a preseason to remember.

His average of 12.2 yards per attempt ranks tops for all rookie first-round quarterbacks; it’s frankly not close. The number is better than Baker Mayfield’s 8.1 yards per attempt and all rookie first-round signal-callers from 2018.

Jones hasn’t just posted impressive box score stats; he passed the eye test and then some. For instance, here’s a beautifully thrown lob pass against the Cincinnati Bengals. He did so despite immense pressure in the pocket.

Or his first NFL touchdown. He threw the ball with touch and, despite two defenders hovering, was able to throw it over both for a picture-perfect score.

Then look at Jones throwing a deep pass, something draft pundits figured he couldn’t do. He proved that his arm isn’t a noodle in preseason play.

Though Jones has had a preseason for the ages, the Giants won’t give him the keys to the offense yet. Coach Pat Shurmur recently broke the news that the team would enter 2019 with Eli Manning as the starter. However, Jones is knocking at the door.