Joe Judge gushes over Daniel Jones
A years after Dave Gettleman shocked the NFL world by drafting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, New York Giants new coach Joe Judge looks to be rousingly optimistic about his growth at the position.
Jones threw for 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his rookie year in the league, but Judge is glad to see his work ethic, even if it isn’t on the field just yet.
“I love working with this guy every day,” said new Giants coach Joe Judge, per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. “He’s got a fire that burns in him. He brings other guys along with him. He shows up every day. He knows what you’re going to teach before you’re teaching it in terms of being prepared on material. He sets the tone for the room, and we’re very excited [for] when we finally get these guys in person. I’m glad he’s on our team. I’m really glad he’s on our team.”
Judge had maintained that “no one” has yet to secure a starting spot in his team, but seems to have softened that stance to rave about Jones.
The Giants benched their longtime starter Eli Manning to make way for Jones, so it’s likely they won’t give up on him just yet — hoping to see some improvement in Year 2.
Judge added that Jones’ toughness and his competitiveness “shine through right away” and that Jones will need time to learn the new offense so that he can “meet the expectations that we set internally.”
How Daniel Jones performs will determine Judge’s ultimate job security after former coaches Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur saw the axe from this franchise in recent years.