When the New York Giants selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, they received a ton of heat.
Many thought they reached with the pick and others couldn’t believe that they took Jones over Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who ended up landing with the Washington Redskins. Following his rookie season, most of those critics have shut up and there is a ton of excitement surrounding Jones.
During his rookie season with the Giants, Jones ended up taking over the starting job from Eli Manning. He played in 13 games, completing 61.9 percent of his pass attempts for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Jones also picked up 279 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
One of the only big issues for Jones was fumbling. He fumbled 12 times on the season and was very loose with the football. Jones has been working very hard on that weakness throughout the offseason.
Looking ahead to his second NFL season, the expectations have been set super high for Jones. He showed flashes of being a star in his rookie season and a big leap is always expected in a young quarterback’s second season. New York certainly hopes that Jones can take that big leap forward.
All of that being said, let’s take a look at what the Giants and their fans should be expecting from Jones in the second season of his NFL career.
What Should The Giants Expect From Daniel Jones In Year Two?
New York is a tough market to play in for a young quarterback. If Jones doesn’t take a leap forward, the sky will be falling. On the other hand, if he does take a big leap, he will end up being a star early on in his career.
Thankfully, Jones has shown a great ability to handle the pressure of playing in a big market. He handled the critics well after being drafted last season. However, the pressure he will face this season is much bigger than he faced in 2019.
Jones needs to cut back on his turnovers. No one will disagree with that. He has already shown off top-notch leadership ability and his arm has big-time potential as well.
Predicting the 2020 season for Jones is not an easy task, but we’re going to give it our best shot. Jones should be able to rack up around 3,800 passing yards for 27 touchdowns and around 12 interceptions once again. His fumbling numbers should drop sharply as well to around six instead of 12.
Obviously, the Giants are a few pieces away from being a playoff contender. They have a talented offense with Jones and Saquon Barkley leading the way, but their defense has a lot to prove. Even with the needs the Giants have, they are still going to take a step forward as a team as well, with Jones leading them at least six or seven wins.
Expect to see the Giants’ future looking much brighter when everything is said and done in 2020. Jones may not become a legitimate “star” this season, but he will certainly be better. New York made the right decision by drafting Jones and the young quarterback will prove that once again in 2020.