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Giants’ Daniel Jones loses 7th fumble, tied for most in NFL with Gardner Minshew of Jaguars

Daniel Jones, Gardner Minshew, Giants, Jaguars

Daniel Jones of the New York Giants lost his seventh fumble of the 2019 season on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, tying him with Gardner Minshew of the Jacksonville Jaguars for the most lost fumbles in the NFL.

Minshew still leads the NFL in overall fumbles, but Jones tied him in lost fumbles, which marked yet another depressing element of the Giants’ discouraging season. Big Blue fell to 2-7, losing 37-18 to the Cowboys. The Giants’ downward spiral has been accompanied by Jones’s chronic inability to protect the football.

The Football Database website, before Monday night’s game, tabulated the leaders in total fumbles and lost fumbles. You can see where Daniel Jones and Gardner Minshew stand.

The Daniel Jones fumble problem existed at Duke. Jones could get rattled by pressure in college. At his best, he showed why New York general manager Dave Gettleman picked him so early in the 2019 NFL Draft. At his worst, however, Jones was a turnover faucet who could not engage in damage control.

The NFL has seen the best and the worst of Daniel Jones in the quarterback’s rookie season. One can say something similar about Gardner Minshew with the Jaguars.

The problem for the Giants and head coach Pat Shurmur is that Jones’s worst tendencies have overwhelmed his best qualities in recent weeks.

If Giant fans want some consolation after this loss to the hated Cowboys, it lies in this basic reality: Unlike past seasons with other understudies of Eli Manning who did not get a sufficient opportunity to learn on the job, Daniel Jones is being given ample time to adjust to the challenges of in-game NFL competition.

No one expected the Giants to do anything of note this season. If Jones can end the 2019 campaign by demonstrating an ability to address his acute case of “fumble-itis,” the Giants can enter the 2020 season with a realistic expectation that they can take meaningful steps forward in a cutthroat NFC.