The Giants mentioned they imagine in Daniel Jones, however their choice to not choose up his fifth-year possibility mentioned one thing else: that they’re hedging their bets.
Jones is wise sufficient to grasp that. As greatest the Day by day Information can gauge, he isn’t hanging his head. He’s extra decided than ever to embrace the problem of proving his value because the No. 6 total choose within the 2019 NFL Draft.
“Me personally, observing him and seeing Daniel, he’s the identical Daniel,” Saquon Barkley mentioned this week at a United Manner charity occasion in Manhattan. “He’s coming in each single day and dealing as a result of he needs to be nice.”
A number of league sources take a look at this crew, although, they usually don’t see an optimum scenario for Jones to thrive and win instantly, even after the first-round choose of proper deal with Evan Neal.
That is the primary yr of a long-term rebuild and wage cap cleanup. So is it even truthful to anticipate Jones to blossom right into a franchise QB when the crew round him nonetheless doesn’t look prepared?
Completely, mentioned Corridor of Famer Kurt Warner, who overcame for much longer odds as an undrafted quarterback than a first-rounder like Jones.
“All people needs to get their large deal two years earlier than the contract is up and needs groups to decide to them for subsequent decade, nevertheless it doesn’t work that method,” Warner, 50, an NFL Community analyst, advised the Information on Friday. “Daniel must be real looking and say ‘You recognize what? I haven’t performed at that degree to say I’m a franchise man but.’
“It doesn’t imply he can’t,” mentioned Warner, a former Large. “The dearth of weapons round him could possibly be a purpose for why he hasn’t but. And it doesn’t imply the Giants don’t imagine in you. It doesn’t imply they don’t need you to be that franchise quarterback. However the cash at that place is loopy.”
So Warner mentioned the Giants’ choice to keep away from selecting up the $22.384 million fifth-year possibility made sense to him. He doesn’t suppose the Giants are speaking out of either side of their mouths. He believes Jones nonetheless has an actual probability to lock down this job for the long run.
“I feel it was the proper factor to do by the group and in accordance with how Daniel has performed so far,” Warner mentioned. “However I don’t suppose it’s contradictory to what the Giants are saying. They’re saying we’re going to place a crew round him and create an infrastructure so he has the prospect to point out us what he’s going to be. And if he does, we’re gonna signal him to that deal.
“However he hasn’t proven us but.”
Jones, 24, is aware of he hasn’t achieved sufficient, even when a dearth of high quality gamers round him and a revolving door of play-callers have contributed a lot to the frustration.
“I take full duty for the way I’ve performed, and we haven’t gained sufficient video games,” Jones mentioned in early April. “We haven’t scored sufficient factors. We haven’t achieved issues nicely sufficient. I take duty for that.”
Former Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, requested this week about Jones’ lengthy odds, seen the scenario optimistically for the Giants’ QB.
“I feel alternative is all you possibly can ask for on this league, particularly on the quarterback spot,” Fitzpatrick mentioned at Willie Colon’s charity golf occasion in Summit, N.J. “There’s solely 32 jobs. So to have the chance to go and play, that’s all you possibly can ask for. And also you’re both gonna show it or not.”
One supply additionally identified that the fifth-year possibility wouldn’t have supplied extra safety for Jones because the Giants’ 2023 starter anyway. If he performed poorly this yr they usually’d picked up the choice, the crew would nonetheless be trying to draft a quarterback subsequent spring regardless.
If he performs nicely, they will retain his rights for 2023 with the franchise tag (round $31 million) or transition tag (about $28 million), or signal him long-term.
Giants GM Joe Schoen can be in a difficult spot subsequent yr if Jones falters, although.
Schoen wasn’t capable of flip this yr’s overflowing draft capital into an additional first rounder for subsequent yr. And he didn’t draft a mid-round quarterback for coach Brian Daboll to develop, both.
The Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins all have a number of 2023 first rounders, and all 5 have an opportunity to be within the QB sweepstakes.
So whereas the Giants have put Jones on discover, they’ve lots driving on him turning the nook.
Nonetheless, what precisely would it not imply for Jones to take the following step? Outdoors of successful extra video games, what does he want to point out?
Warner mentioned it’s essential to “mood expectations” and never demand a Josh Allen-like “transcendent soar” simply because Jones is operating the identical offense Daboll utilized in Buffalo. He referred to as Allen a “distinctive and particular” expertise.
However he mentioned “once you play the sport, you’ve acquired to make second-level throws constantly once you’re not enjoying in an ideal world. And on this offense, Josh Allen was given the chance to make these second-level throws, and that’s what separated him — his capacity to make these throws.”
“I’m undecided that’s Daniel’s sport,” Warner added. “Is that due to the system and the place he’s been, or due to who he’s and the way he has to play the sport? That’s the most important query about this offense and the match. Are they gonna attempt to make him do the issues Josh Allen did? And in the event that they do, Daniel’s gonna get to point out us if he will be that kinda man.”
Giants head coach Brian Daboll mentioned on WFAN this week that he needs Jones to “not be afraid of penalties and pull the set off and assault.”
As conservatively as Jason Garrett ran the Giants’ performs in 2020, there was a purpose for that technique: to assist Jones defend the ball and curb the unhealthy choices and turnovers.
Warner mentioned the Giants won’t ever get an excellent learn on their quarterback, nevertheless — or compete within the fashionable sport — in the event that they don’t give Jones the liberty to point out what he has.
“You’re by no means gonna be an incredible crew or compete for a championship if you happen to’re gonna hold a leash in your quarterback, if he doesn’t do what’s wanted to compete with the most effective within the league,” Warner mentioned. That’s the strategy it’s a must to take with Daniel is ‘present us. We wish you to be that man, now it’s time to do your half and be that man.’ In case you proceed to maintain handcuffs on him, you then’re simply saying he’s not that man.”
Barkley, 25, who’s enjoying on his fifth-year possibility in 2022, can establish with Jones’ predicament and stress. And he believes Jones is poised to steer a “particular crew.”
“DJ, he’s a heck of a man, heck of a participant,” Barkley mentioned. “The very best recommendation I may give to him is similar recommendation I give to myself: proceed to work and the remaining is gonna care for itself. The items are gonna fall collectively.”