The Giants don't intend to pick up the fifth-year option on Jones' contract, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports. Per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York, exercising Jones' option would have committed the Giants to paying him $22.3 million in 2023. That said, if the 2019 first-rounder plays well this coming season, the team will have the option to pursue an extension with Jones or place the franchise tag on him next year. The QB, who turns 25 next month, remains atop the team's depth chart, now backed up by veteran signal-caller Tyrod Taylor.
Jones (neck) said he's "feeling good" and "ready to go" as the Giants begin their offseason program this week, Michael Eisen of Giants.com reports. The 24-year-old struggled to recover from a neck strain at the end of last season, ultimately missing the final six games. Even so, he's been running and throwing since the second week of January, and It sounds like he's not expecting any more trouble from the injury going forward. Jones can now turn his focus to learning a new offense from former Bills OC Brian Daboll, who chose former Chiefs passing game coordinator Mike Kafka to be the offensive coordinator in New York. It's unclear if the Giants intend to exercise the fifth-year option on Jones' contract before the May 2 deadline.
Giants team president John Mara said Wednesday that he maintains faith in Jones (neck) and views him as New York's starting quarterback heading into 2022, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. "We've done everything possible to screw this kid up since he's been here," Mara said. "We certainly have not given up on Daniel Jones." That said, Jones may be looking at a make-or-break season in Year 4, even if the Giants end up exercising his fifth-year option for 2023 before the May 2 deadline. He'll have to adjust to a new coaching staff once again, but Jones should at least be healthy for the start of the offseason program, considering he's been lifting, running and throwing since at least Jan. 10 after missing the end of the season with a neck injury. Also working in his favor is a talented group of skill position players, though all of the key pass catchers are coming off injury-plagued seasons, and the offensive line remains a question. Mara ruled out the possibility of trading for Deshaun Watson and said the Giants need to give Jones more help before making an "intelligent evaluation" on his future, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
Jones (neck) said Monday that he doesn't have any limitations when lifting, running and throwing, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports. Jones missed the final six games of the regular season due to his neck injury but doesn't expect the issue to be a long-term concern. The 24-year-old won't face contact until at least August, and he said Monday that he expects to be fully cleared by this summer. Across his 11 appearances in 2021, Jones completed 232 of 361 passes for 2,428 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing 62 times for 298 yards and two touchdowns.
Giants head coach Joe Judge confirmed that Jones (neck) won't require surgery to address the neck strain that resulted in the quarterback being placed on injured reserve Monday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. Judge noted that the Giants made the decision to shut Jones down for the remaining three games of the season as a matter of precaution after doctors didn't see enough progress in the 24-year-old's recovery over the past couple weeks to clear him for taking contact. That being said, Jones is expected to show more improvement while resting over the next several weeks, so he looks like he should be ready to go for OTAs in the spring. Around the same time, the Giants will have to decide whether to exercise Jones' fifth-year option for 2023. If New York chooses to forgo exercising the option, Jones would likely head into 2022 as a lame-duck starter, if the Giants don't trade him elsewhere or bring in legitimate competition for the top job.
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