Daniel Jones speaks out learning Jason Garrett’s offense with Cowboys
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is already having to adapt to a new offense ahead of his sophomore season.
The Giants brought in former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett to be the offensive coordinator, and Jones said he has been watching some tape on the Cowboys to familiarize himself with concepts (via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk):
“I certainly did that, diving into some of the Cowboys stuff and what they had done in the past,” Jones said during a conference call with Giants beat reporters. “The rules make it tough to communicate a whole lot about that stuff, so there’s a little bit of patience involved in that until getting to a point where we could get the playbook and kind of understand some of the concepts and get some of the verbiage. But I did my best to be prepared for when I could get my hands on that stuff.”
While the coronavirus pandemic has not allowed Jones to sit down and discuss things with his new OC in person, he was proactive in getting a gauge for the play calling.
The Giants will hope Garrett can have a similar impact on Jones as he seemed to have on former Cowboys quarterbacks such as Tony Romo and Dak Prescott.
Jones showed flashes in his rookie season. He actually finished ahead of Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Baker Mayfield in total quarterback rating, throwing for over 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. But he also struggled to take care of the ball, as evidenced by his 18 fumbles.
Look for Garrett and the Giants to work in more play-action passes, and perhaps even utilize some of Jones’ mobility with run-pass options. New York will try to reestablish Saquon Barkley on the ground, but they need Jones to gauge the offense and make strides in his second season if they want to improve as a unit.