Eli Manning makes revealing statement on what may hurt Giants’ Daniel Jones’ progress
The coronavirus has made its presence felt in the NFL and Eli Manning believes the pandemic could cause some disruption in the development of Daniel Jones for the New York Giants. When asked if the coronavirus could have a negative effect on Jones this offseason, Manning had an interesting answer.
“It has the potential to be,” Manning said via Steve Serby of the New York Post. “A couple of things could make it difficult in the fact that it’s gonna be a new offense that he’s gotta learn, and things get pushed back and you’re not there to be around your teammates. It’s not just him learning it, it’s kind of everybody learning it together. Hopefully they can get back soon and he can grow as a leader of the team.”
Last offseason, the Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft. Even though Manning began the season as the starter, it wasn’t long before he was benched in favor of Jones.
While Manning served as Jones’ backup, he continued to be a source of leadership in the locker room. But with Manning retiring this offseason, Jones is now tasked with filling Manning’s shoes in 2020 for the Giants.
At the same time, Jones has to learn a new offensive system with Jason Garrett as his new offensive coordinator for the Giants. Of course, the coronavirus is preventing teams from using team facilities and meeting with teammates.
As a result, Manning believes that it could be a tough offseason for Jones. Only time will tell if Jones and the Giants are able to get the necessary practice in to make sure his second season is a success.