Giants QB Daniel Jones reveals what rookie season with Eli Manning was like
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is coming off of a terrific rookie campaign in which he supplanted Eli Manning as the starter in Week 3.
Going into 2019, it was widely assumed that Jones would usurp Manning at some point, which was certainly a sensitive topic given that Manning had been the Giants’ starter since the middle of 2004.
When asked about his experience with Manning after taking his job, Jones said that it was “a little awkward at times” but that he learned “a ton” from the two-time Super Bowl MVP, according to Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger. Jones added that he really enjoyed working with Manning.
Daniel Jones said it was “a little bit awkward at times” with Eli Manning still around last year but said he learned “a ton” from him. Really enjoyed working with him. #Giants
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) May 13, 2020
Now, Jones will no longer have Manning around constantly, as Manning announced his retirement earlier this offseason. That’s not to say that Jones will not associate with Manning anymore, because the two signal-callers knew one another even before Jones was drafted by New York, but Jones will certainly be a bit more independent in 2020.
Based on how Jones played this past season, that shouldn’t be too big of a problem.
In 12 starts, the 22-year-old threw for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 61.9 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 87.7. He did fumble the ball 18 times, but that is likely a fixable issue.
Jones, who played his collegiate football at Duke, was originally selected by the Giants with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, a decision that was heavily criticized at the time.
Big Blue went 4-12 this past year.