Giants rookie Daniel Jones is currently listed third on the team’s QB depth chart
The New York Giants may have taken Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft late last month, but that does not mean they are ready to hand the starting job over to him.
As a matter of fact, Jones has yet even to earn the primary backup role.
According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, Jones is currently third on the Giants’ depth chart. While coming in behind Eli Manning is not surprising, Jones is also behind journeyman Alex Tanney, who served as New York’s primary backup this past season and then signed a two-year extension with the club back in March.
Of course, all of this is a formality right now, as Jones almost certainly won’t be the No. 3 quarterback when the season begins. This is most likely the Giants’ way of making Jones earn his keep and keeping him on his toes.
New York faced heavy criticism when it elected to go with Jones over Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, particularly given that the collegiate production between the two signal-callers was like night and day.
However, the Giants have high hopes for Jones, and there are some who like him, with long-time NFL analyst Gil Brandt actually comparing Jones to Peyton Manning.
Regardless, New York will most likely begin the season with Manning under center and Jones as the No. 2 guy. Whether or not Jones plays in 2019 remains to be seen, but if the Giants get off to a slow start and look to be out of playoff contention early on, perhaps we will see the rookie get a chance.