The New York Giants haven’t had the season they had in mind during the offseason. At least, however, the Giants have been able to get a good look at Daniel Jones as the starting quarterback.
To begin the season, Eli Manning was the starting quarterback and Jones was expected to be the backup. But after two straight games of disappointing play from under center, Jones was promoted to the starting role.
In his first start in Week 3, Jones was able to secure New York’s first win of the season. While getting the win, Jones aired it out for 336 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for another two scores.
Since then, Jones has started in nine games and has led the Giants to a 1-8 record in that span. Despite being ruled out in Week 14 due to injury, what letter grade does Jones deserve for his performance thus far?
Jones’ Grade in the first 13 weeks: B+
When the Giants selected Jones with the sixth-overall pick in this year’s draft, the New York faithful booed him as he walked onto the stage. Not many people had Jones as a first-round prospect and there were still talented players left on the board.
Nonetheless, Dave Gettleman was adamant about selecting Jones and his decision to do so has worked out so far. The rookie signal-caller has somewhat silenced the doubters by throwing for 2,374 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in his first 10 starts.
At the same time, Jones has shown signs of struggling with his accuracy and being able to hold onto the ball. The Duke product has completed only 61.6 percent of his passes and has fumbled the ball 15 times (losing 10 of them).
With Jones being a first-year starter, it’s expected for him to have his shortcomings in certain areas. It just happens that his most glaring weakness can be the reason why the Giants win or lose the game.
But beyond his faults, Jones has done plenty of positive things that make you accept his weaknesses. Above all, unlike Manning, Daniel Jones has shown that he isn’t afraid to push the ball down the field.
Even with plenty of injuries on the offense, Daniel Jones has been able to give wide receivers a chance to make big plays. Provided that, Jones deserves some praise for how he’s handled himself in his rookie season.
There are undoubtedly aspects of his game that need improved but the Giants have to be pleased with Jones’ development this year.