Giants rookie Daniel Jones isn’t surprised that John Mara doesn’t him to play this season
The New York Giants finally managed to secure their potential franchise quarterback in Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Regardless, co-owner John Mara indicated that they will be taking a rather patient approach with his development.
The Giants wasted no time in declaring quarterback Eli Manning as the starter for the 2019 NFL season. According to Matt Lombardo of NJ.com, Jones is not surprised Mara’s plans to have him sit this season.
“Not really,” Jones said. “Like I said, I think my job is to do what I can to improve, to make sure I’m taking the right steps to make sure the offense is moving forward to the extent I can help it.”
It is encouraging to see that Jones is not getting too caught up in all the noise surrounding his arrival in New York. The rookie seems to understand that the team made quite the investment to bring him in as their future starter under center. His primary concern will be to ensure that he is ready to take over once his number is eventually called.
The Giants’ decision to take a patient approach with Jones is certainly understandable. They have struggled to find their footing amidst all the changes in recent years. The offense still has plenty of re-tooling to do with the departure of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason. In short, this is hardly an ideal situation to place a rookie quarterback.
The 2018 campaign saw Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes win MVP in his first season as a starter after essentially redshirting his rookie year. Like Mahomes, the onus will be on Jones to learn what he can from Manning before eventually being handed the reins to the offense.