Jones completed 25 of 40 passes for 241 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Bears. He also gained 21 yards on three carries. Jones was strip-sacked on the opening drive, went three-and-out on the following drive and threw a pick on the Giants' third possession. New York entered the locker room scoreless at halftime, with Jones posting just 73 passing yards. He started to get rolling toward the end of the third quarter and nearly salvaged the otherwise ugly showing with a last-second TD drive, but Golden Tate was called for offensive pass interference in the end zone, marking the end of the game. It was an unfortunate outing after the second-year QB showed some promise in Week 1 against the Steelers. However, the bigger storyline may be RB Saquon Barkley potentially tearing his ACL in the first half Sunday. If that's the case, Jones will carry a heavy burden in Week 3 against the 49ers.
Jones completed 26 of 41 passes for 279 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Monday night's 26-16 loss to the Steelers. He also rushed four times for 22 yards. Jones was inconsistent Monday, showing promise at times while disappointing at others. In terms of positives, Jones picked up where he left off with fellow second-year Giant Darius Slayton, who he not only threw a 41-yard touchdown to early, but also a seven-yard score late. However, following the opening TD, Jones' next throw was intercepted at the line of scrimmage, setting up an easy ensuing Steelers score. Then, after stringing together a 19-play drive featuring his arm and legs to begin the third quarter, Jones foolishly tried to keep a play alive and was hit as he threw, resulting in an end-zone pick. Much like his rookie season, Monday's display from Jones had its highs and lows, so he'll continue to aim for more stable success in Week 2 versus the Bears.
Jones showed up in camp at 229 pounds, up from last year's 220, after working out and putting on extra muscle, ESPN reports. Jones also worked to reduce his league-leading 18 fumbles and held players-only throwing sessions this spring. He has a good deal of upside in Year 2, given his skills, weapons and ability to add points with his now more substantial legs.
Jones is focused on reducing his fumbles and gaining strength, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports. Jones spent part of the offseason with his college coach, David Cutliffe, who is well known for working with both Peyton and Eli Manning. Cutliffe believes quarterbacks who can't maintain focus downfield under pressure are lost causes, whereas Jones lands on the other end of the spectrum, perhaps too eager to make big plays. The 23-year-old had an NFL-high 18 fumbles last year, sporting the ninth-highest sack rate (7.6 percent) while tying Ryan Fitzpatrick for the most hits taken (66) on pass plays. Jones reportedly is up near 230 pounds after being listed at 221 last season, but Cutliffe believes the more important factor for ball security will be an improvement in pocket movement. The offense surrounding Jones looks much the same as last season's, but with first-round pick Andrew Thomas stepping in at right tackle and new head coach Joe Judge bringing in Jason Garrett to run the offense. Jones showed potential as a rookie, with 24 passing touchdowns and two rushing scores in 12 starts.
Jones completed 28 of 47 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Eagles. He also gained 26 rushing yards on three carries but committed two more fumbles, losing one of them. Ball security was a major issue for the rookie -- he finished 2019 with 12 INTs and 11 lost fumbles in 13 games (12 starts) -- but otherwise Jones gave the Giants reason to believe they've found the long-term successor to Eli Manning, as he completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns, albeit with a modest 6.6 YPA. With Saquon Barkley in the backfield, Jones doesn't need to carry the offense on his own, but if he can reduce his turnovers in 2020 he should have the receiving weapons around him to put together a strong fantasy campaign.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||San Francisco 49ers||11||21.00|
|4||10/04||@Los Angeles Rams||7||15.00|
|6||10/18||Washington Football Team||27||25.00|
|8||11/02||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||14.00|
|9||11/08||@Washington Football Team||27||25.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||61.9||3027||24||12||279||2||262|