The Giants selected rookie quarterback Daniel Jones in the first round of the NFL Draft from Duke, and he's expected to be the heir apparent to Eli Manning when New York eventually makes a quarterback change. That could happen during the 2019 campaign, although the Giants remain committed to Manning for this year. We'll see how Manning plays during the season, but don't be surprised if Jones makes some starts this year if the Giants are out of playoff contention. We don't recommend drafting Jones in seasonal leagues, but he is someone to target with a late-round pick in rookie-only drafts. There's a good chance Jones is the starting quarterback for the Giants by 2020.
Jones will get the bulk of the backup reps behind Eli Manning during OTAs, Ryan Dunleavy of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. The Giants are positioning Jones to get as many reps as possible while still having Manning run with the starters. Jones, the No. 6 overall pick, figures to be the backup quarterback as a rookie while being groomed as the starter of the future once Manning's Giants tenure concludes.
The Giants selected Jones in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, sixth overall. This probably won't work. Jones (6-foot-5, 221 pounds) is a tall and athletic quarterback who displayed plenty of toughness and poise at Duke, but the production was plainly bad, and even by Duke quarterback standards he failed to stand out. You'd struggle to illustrate many objective advantages in Jones' prospect profile over players like Thaddeus Lewis, Sean Renfree or Thomas Sirk, as Jones finished his Duke career with a brutal 59.9 percent completion rate at 6.4 yards per pass. He did throw 52 touchdowns compared to 29 interceptions and offers some running possibilities, but the complete inability to move the ball downfield is alarming. Unlike Josh Allen last year, Jones has no notable athletic traits with which to offset his problematic production. He should have good pass catchers to throw to in New York, but any defense playing against Jones can probably get away with red-zone style looks in any part of the field, which will make it harder to operate the short passing game that the Giants seem to take for granted with Jones. In any case, Jones is slated to begin his pro career backing up 38-year-old Eli Manning.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||30||23.13|
|6||10/11||@New England Patriots||18||19.95|
|10||11/10||@New York Jets||27||22.38|
|13||12/01||Green Bay Packers||22||21.25|