Duke coach compares Giants’ Daniel Jones’ work ethic to Eli, Peyton Manning
Daniel Jones is preparing to enter his second season with the New York Giants, and his college coach had some high praise for him this offseason. While Jones is attempting to improve his game, Duke Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe compared his work ethic to those of Eli Manning and Peyton Manning.
“Trust me, he’s working 10 hours a day on his own mastering this,” Cutcliffe. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anybody more eager. . . . He’s every bit the worker that Peyton and Eli were their entire careers.
Cutcliffe had a chance to coach Jones from 2015-18. But before he ever worked with Jones, Cutcliffe worked with the likes of Eli and Peyton Manning. Given that, he understands what it looks like for a quarterback to give everything they can to become a better player.
After a decent rookie season, Jones is going to be learning a new offense under new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. Nevertheless, Cutcliffe believes that Jones is making remarkable progress in grasping the Giants’ new offense.
“I think he’s really starting to understand what they’re expecting or what they want to do offensively, and that’ll help him be successful in this transition. He certainly knows what lies in front of him. I do like the fact that he’s been very positive in conversation about the intensity of the meetings with the new staff, the accountability. He feels really good about that.”
With a new regime in place in New York, Jones is expected to develop into the Giants’ long-term franchise quarterback. While some people are hesitant to say Jones will succeed, Cutcliffe is confident that Jones’ work ethic will allow him to carve out a successful career.