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Chris Simms argues Daniel Jones had a ‘phenomenal’ rookie season with Giants

Chris Simms, Daniel Jones, Giants

Former NFL player and current NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms believes that New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones had a phenomenal rookie season.

In an interview with NJ Advance Media, Simms spoke out about Jones’ rookie season last year.

“I was blown away by Daniel Jones,” Chris Simms said of the Giants youngster. “It was good to see (coach) Joe Judge start talking about him (earlier this offseason) and saying ‘everybody’s gotta compete for a job’. But, no, no: Daniel Jones doesn’t have to compete against anyone on that team or on that roster. Anyone who is on that roster, I can just tell you: He’s better than them. Daniel Jones, he was the MVP of the Giants last year, to me. It’s not even close.”

Jones, who was selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, finished the season 3-10 in the games he played in, mostly because of the team he was surrounded with. The 23-year-old did complete 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns for the Giants.

Simms — who played QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos — also expressed his belief that there’s still a tremendous upside for Jones, just as long as the Giants surround him with better players.

“Saquon Barkley wasn’t 100%, Simms said. The offensive line was solid, not great. We know the defense was nothing special either. I mean, Daniel Jones was asked a lot on a weekly basis,” Simms added.

This offseason, the Giants focused on revamping their defense. However, they did make some notable offensive free-agent signings in tight end Levine Toilolo and offensive tackle Cameron Fleming. Nevertheless, if Jones continues to put in the work this offseason, he should be bound to have a tremendous sophomore year in the 2020 campaign.