Jones took over under center for the Giants' final possession in Sunday's 35-17 loss to the Cowboys, completing three of four passes for 17 yards but losing a fumble on a five-yard run. Fumbles were an issue for the sixth overall pick in this year's draft during the preseason as well, but in general Jones looked poised in his first taste of regular-season action, even if it did come in garbage time. At some point if the season goes the way of Week 1, the Giants may hand the starting job to Jones, but for now he'll continue to be Eli Manning's understudy.
Jones will serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Eli Manning during Sunday's season-opener against the Cowboys, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. Jones' strong preseason performance earned him the clear backup gig ahead of Alex Tanney. The sixth overall pick's momentum could pave the way for him to push for a starting role should Eli Manning struggle to move the offense during the early weeks of the regular season, especially if the Giants' campaign begins to resemble last year's 5-11 season.
Jones completed all four of his passes for 47 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots. Jones played only the opening drive, but he once again showed tremendous accuracy. His preseason completion percentage was 85.3 (29/34), so don't be surprised to see Giants fans start clamoring for the sixth overall pick to start under center as soon as something goes awry for Eli Manning. Given Jones' strong preseason, Big Blue should have no qualms about throwing the rookie into the fire if this season starts to resemble last year's 5-11 campaign or the 3-13 debacle before that.
Jones completed nine of 11 passes for 141 yards in Thursday's 25-23 preseason win over Cincinnati. He also fumbled, but it was recovered by a teammate. After Eli Manning played the opening drive, Jones was under center for the rest of the first half, looking solid in the process. The rookie first-rounder out of Duke has completed 25 of 30 passes this preseason, so the Giants should have no qualms about handing Jones the backup job to start the season.
Jones completed 11 of 14 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown during Friday's preseason win over the Bears. He also lost a fumble. Jones got off to an inauspicious start as he relieved Eli Manning for the team's second drive, which ended with his fumble in the red zone. He picked it up after that point, however, and completed 79 percent of his passes while connecting with TJ Jones for a 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Jones has been rather impressive during his two preseason outings and will look to continue his ascent Thursday against the Bengals.
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|6||10/11||@New England Patriots||1||4.00|
|10||11/10||@New York Jets||13||17.00|
|13||12/01||Green Bay Packers||3||9.00|
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