It only took two weeks for the New York Giants to realize that Eli Manning’s time in New York has finally come to an end. After an up and down career consisting of two Super Bowl wins over Tom Brady, three seasons of leading the NFL in interceptions, and the lacking ability to push the ball downfield in the air it was time to focus on the future of the franchise. Eli’s play has declined over the past five seasons and the Giants have slowly been searching for his replacement while still trying to hold on to the last bit of hope that his play will return to form.
Now, by taking Daniel Jones sixth overall, the Giants feel ready to move on and put their franchise in the hands of the 22-year-old Duke star. Jones had a great preseason, for what it’s worth, completing 29 of 34 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns. We know preseason doesn’t matter, as we’ve seen lots of potential from other players that fell flat once the real games start. But it brings a sense of confidence in Jones that he picked up the offense quickly and was fearless in attempting even the toughest of passes.
How Can Jones Help the Giants Succeed?
Daniel Jones’s youth brings a new flavor to the Giants offense that has its fair share of talent. Eli Manning’s mobility was his biggest weakness and not being able to escape the pocket hurt the Giants. Eli has only scrambled from the pocket once this season and chooses to throw the ball most of the time instead of trying to make a play with his legs. Throwing it away instead has resulted in 17 bad throws out of 89 pass attempts which are determined by passes that aren’t catchable with normal effort.
Jones brings more mobility to the offense which has shown success in the early part of this season across the league, most notably in QB’s like last year’s MVP Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. Having a QB who can throw outside of the pocket, scramble for first downs, and throw on the run can be the difference between scoring touchdowns and kicking field goals. Jones adds that element better than Eli has ever been able to provide in his career.
Jones’s Supporting Cast
Furthermore, adding to Jones’s mobility which provides another dynamic to the offense, we should see more success, if even possible, out of arguably the best running back in the league, Saquon Barkley. Barkley has started off the season stellar with little passing game opening up the lanes for him to run and succeed. Continuing to feed Barkley the ball has the potential to open up the pass game even more especially with play action and a QB who is not afraid to let the ball go.
Even with the departure of Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants weapons are still strong. With Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate expected to return this week and next respectively, Jones should expect to have some targets to throw to on the outside. But his possible number one target in the passing game may be his young tight end, Evan Engram. Engram is fourth in the entire NFL and first among all tight ends with 17 catches this season. A tight end is a young quarterback’s best friend, being that they are usually running safe routes and are used in the passing game as a safety blanket. Look for Engram to be targeted a lot with Jones taking over the helm.
Where Do the Giants End Up?
The Giants have four winnable games out of six come the end of October, looking at the Bucs this week, Cardinals, Redskins and Lions – if Jones can get at least two wins on the board, that will be a step in the right direction for the Giants. This season is already in rebuild after trading away star talent and making a QB change but as long as Jones can come in, put points on the board and ultimately manage the game well, the Giants will be happy that the franchise is headed in the right direction.
Jones starting ahead of Manning doesn’t change too much – as they’re still tipped to come rock bottom in the NFC East with odds at +5000 to win the division.
Offensive Rookie of the Year?
If Jones can play well with statistical games that back it up, he can definitely be in the mix for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Kyler Murray is by no means a lock as he has only played 2 more games than Jones and hasn’t put up outstanding numbers. While he has shown some flashes of brilliance, he has made his share of rookie mistakes and I expect that trend continues.
The current odds for Offensive Rookie of the Year leave Jones as the fourth favorite to win:
Kyler Murray: +170
Josh Jacobs: +550
David Montgomery: +600
Daniel Jones: +700
Marquise Brown: +700
Only time will tell if Daniel Jones is the next great New York Quarterback. But we do know he will be starting his career with complete confidence from his organization, coach and most importantly, himself.