The Giants announced Tuesday that Jones will take over as their starting quarterback Week 3 against the Buccaneers.
After Eli Manning turned in a rough showing in Sunday's loss to the Bills, coach Pat Shurmur gave no assurances that the veteran would retain the top spot on the depth chart. The 0-2 Giants will now turn the offense over to Jones, who displayed an accurate arm in the preseason and offers a more mobile option in the pocket than Manning. The rookie could have some ups and downs in his initial run as the starter, but he'll at least gain some meaningful experience in 2019 and help the Giants assess whether he's their long-term solution behind center.
Coach Pat Shurmur said it's "fair" to have a conversation about Jones replacing Eli Manning as the Giants' starting quarterback, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Shurmur acknowledged that his failure to commit to Manning will lead to speculation. It sure sounds like the Giants are ready to make a change, though we don't have confirmation it will happen for Week 3 in Tampa Bay. Manning has produced 6.2 YPA through two weeks, with the Giants scoring just 31 points despite getting 227 rushing yards from Saquon Barkley. There's no guarantee Jones will be any better, but the Giants might as well find out sooner rather than later.
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.
Jones completed all five of his passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener against the Jets.
Jones watched Eli Manning lead the offense to a 3-and-out on the opening drive, then announced his presence by completing every one of his passes on the next drive, which Jones capped with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler. The Giants have been doubted ad nauseam for selecting Jones sixth overall in the 2019 draft, but the pick didn't look like such a reach given his performance Thursday. This was just a one-drive sample size, though, and Jones will need to keep this level up moving forward if he wants to challenge Manning for the starting job under center this season.
Jones officially signed his four-year, $25.6 million rookie contract with the Giants on Monday.
Jones' rookie contract includes a $16.7 million signing bonus. New York's hopeful starter for the future wasted no time getting signed after agreeing to terms with the Giants. He'll join the rest of the team's rookie class in taking the practice field Tuesday. The 22-year-old is expected to begin the 2019 season as the top backup to Eli Manning, allowing the Giants' coaching staff to take their time grooming Jones to eventually take over under center.
The Giants and Jones have come to terms on his rookie contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The agreed upon terms include Jones receiving his entire signing bonus Year 1, according to Rapoport. The No. 6 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft will take the field Tuesday alongside the rest of the Giants' rookie class, at which point he'll officially sign his contract. Jones took the majority of available backup reps during OTAs and will continue being mentored by longtime starter Eli Manning when training camp kicks off.
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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