Daniel Jones just had to make sure he keeps his streak of turnovers going as this is the 5th consecutive game Jones commits a turnover. Jones really makes it hard for me to defend him over and over again as it seems like my arguments for him are repetitive and cliché. But that interception at the end of that Rams game was inexcusable and really is the epitome of why there’s a “Tank for Trevor” train rolling in New York.
2nd & 5, ball on the 18 yard line. 58 seconds and a timeout. Jones snaps the ball and moves up in the pocket. He has an open lane to run decides the throw the ball to Damien Ratley (who is well known for dropped passes) and the ball is intercepted by Rams defensive back, Darius Williams. Giants fans around the world were heartbroken yet had a feeling this might happen as Jones was moving the ball downfield, it looked to reminiscent of week 1 vs Pittsburgh were the offense moves down about 95 yards and Jones gives away the ball in scoring range. Jones could have picked up an easy first down if he were to just run the ball. Its plays like this that really have people thinking Jones is not the guy but is he?
Lets take a look at Daniel Jones‘ first 16 starts to the first of 16 of the Giants’ greatest quarterback of all-time, Eli Manning. Jones has totaled 3,899 yards, 26 TDs, 17 INTs and a 62% completion rate. Not to mention the production on the ground as well with 411 yards and 2 TDs. Eli Manning in his first 16 starts totaled 3,079 yards 21 TDs, 21 TDs and 18 INTs, completing only 50% of his passes. Now the records are quite different with Jones being 3-13 and Eli being 7-9. Let’s just all remember the stout offensive line Eli had along with the best Giants running back of all time Tiki Barber. Yes, times were different but the production Jones is putting up is still on pace for him to be successful in the NFL.
Let’s now compare Daniel Jones to Peyton Manning. Please refer to Jones’ stats up above as I’m not going to type it again. Peyton totaled 3,739 yards, 26 TDs, 28 INTs and a 56% completion rate. He also had a 3-13 record and damn near pulled of a 30 for 30, 21 years before Jamies Winston did it!
My point in all of this is to stay patient and wait for him to develop. It’s his 2nd year, not his 3rd or 4th. And only his 16th start. Let’s see what the kid can do.