Pat Shurmur says Daniel Jones will be ready when it’s his time to play
New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has put together a couple of very impressive preseason performances to start his NFL career, but don’t expect him to supplant Eli Manning as the starter any time soon.
Following the Giants’ 32-13 win over the Chicago Bears on Friday night, head coach Pat Shurmur said he has not been surprised by Jones’ strong play, but once again hinted that people wanting him to win the quarterback job should be patient:
“People outside of our building seem surprised. We’re not,” said Shurmur, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “That’s why we picked him. And I think he’s making good progress as he goes along here. He’s checking off all the boxes. When it’s his time to play he will be ready. I’m pleased with the progress he’s making.”
After completing all five of his passes for 67 yards and a touchdown during his preseason debut last week, Jones wet 11-for-14 with 161 yards and a touchdown on Friday evening. He did, however, fumble twice.
“It’s just part of the growing. But he didn’t panic,” Shurmur said of the turnovers. “He dropped the ball a couple times. He didn’t call his parents, he just went back to work.”
Daniel Jones, who played his collegiate football at Duke, was selected by the Giants with the sixth overall pick of the NFL Draft back in April, a choice that had many scratching their heads.
The general consensus for quite some time was that New York would take Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins with its top pick, but the Giants decided to go in a different direction.