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Giants QB Daniel Jones leads players’ workouts in Texas

Giants, Daniel Jones

Coming off his up-and-down debut season in the NFL, New York Giants rising sophomore quarterback Daniel Jones is looking to connect with his teammates, demonstrate some leadership and get reps in while the sports world waits to see what’s next with the 2020 season.

Jones, the 23-year-old Duke product and former sixth-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is in Austin, Texas, working out with teammates. According to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, Jones organized a training program alongside Giants teammates, including new backup signal-caller Colt McCoy, a one-time University of Texas star during his NCAA days.

Among the Giants players passing through the voluntary camp were wide receivers Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Corey Coleman. Star running back Saquon Barkley made an appearance, too, if social media can be believed, and tight end Kaden Smith showed up as well.

Jones started 12 games in his rookie season with the G-Men in 2019, only winning three games after wresting control of the starting job from an over-the-hill Eli Manning. The veteran gunslinger and two-time Super Bowl MVP for the Giants eventually wound up making back-to-back starts in Weeks 14 and 15 for the Giants for one more go-around MetLife Stadium, coincidentally winning his final game before retiring this offseason.

Jones has a lot to work on, including ball security. But organizing offseason workouts with his teammates given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is one area where off-the-field leadership shines — and can make a big difference down the line in the locker room.