Eli Manning sees ‘bright future’ for Daniel Jones
The torch has been passed in New York. With Eli Manning officially announcing his retirement from the game of football on Friday, Daniel Jones takes over as the permanent starter for the Giants under center, and Manning thinks Big Blue is in good hands:
“Daniel Jones loves the game of football, he’s passionate, and I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him,” Manning said at his press conference on Friday, per the team.
Jones certainly looked impressive during his rookie campaign.
In 13 appearances and 12 starts for the Giants, Jones 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 also rushed for 279 yards and a couple of scores, averaging a robust 6.2 yards per carry.
The only problem for Jones was his rampant fumbling problem, as he fumbled the football 18 times in 2019. The good news is that that is generally a fixable issue, and Giants coaches will surely be working on that with Jones this offseason.
Jones, who played his collegiate football at Duke, was selected by New York with the sixth overall pick of the NFL Draft last April, a choice that was met with instant criticism.
Many felt that the Giants should have taken Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, who ultimately fell to the Washington Redskins at No. 15, but Jones ended up severely outplaying Haskins this season and proving a whole lot of doubters wrong.
Well, at least so far.
Jones certainly has some big shoes to fill, as Manning delivered a pair of Super Bowl titles to the Big Apple.