The Giants stated they consider in Daniel Jones, however their determination to not decide up his fifth-year possibility stated one thing else: that they’re hedging their bets.
Jones is wise sufficient to grasp that. As greatest the Each 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 general decide within the 2019 NFL Draft.
“Me personally, observing him and seeing Daniel, he’s the identical Daniel,” Saquon Barkley stated this week at a United Approach 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 have a look at this staff, although, they usually don’t see an optimum scenario for Jones to thrive and win instantly, even after the first-round decide of proper sort out Evan Neal.
That is the primary yr of a long-term rebuild and wage cap cleanup. So is it even honest to anticipate Jones to blossom right into a franchise QB when the staff round him nonetheless doesn’t look prepared?
Completely, stated 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 huge deal two years earlier than the contract is up and desires groups to decide to them for subsequent decade, nevertheless it doesn’t work that manner,” Warner, 50, an NFL Community analyst, informed the Information on Friday. “Daniel needs to be sensible 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,” stated Warner, a former Big. “The shortage of weapons round him could possibly be a cause for why he hasn’t but. And it doesn’t imply the Giants don’t consider 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 stated the Giants’ determination to keep away from selecting up the $22.384 million fifth-year possibility made sense to him. He doesn’t assume 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 believe it was the suitable factor to do by the group and in accordance with how Daniel has performed so far,” Warner stated. “However I don’t assume it’s contradictory to what the Giants are saying. They’re saying we’re going to place a staff round him and create an infrastructure so he has the possibility 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 executed sufficient, even when a dearth of high quality gamers round him and a revolving door of play-callers have contributed lots to the frustration.
“I take full accountability for the way I’ve performed, and we haven’t gained sufficient video games,” Jones stated in early April. “We haven’t scored sufficient factors. We haven’t executed issues effectively sufficient. I take accountability for that.”
Former Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, requested this week about Jones’ lengthy odds, seen the scenario optimistically for the Giants’ QB.
“I believe alternative is all you’ll be able to ask for on this league, particularly on the quarterback spot,” Fitzpatrick stated 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’ll be able to 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 staff would nonetheless be seeking to draft a quarterback subsequent spring regardless.
If he performs effectively, 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 might be in a tough 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 rather a lot using on him turning the nook.
Nonetheless, what precisely would it not imply for Jones to take the subsequent step? Outdoors of profitable extra video games, what does he want to point out?
Warner stated it’s essential to “mood expectations” and never demand a Josh Allen-like “transcendent leap” simply because Jones is working the identical offense Daboll utilized in Buffalo. He known as Allen a “distinctive and particular” expertise.
However he stated “while you play the sport, you’ve received to make second-level throws persistently while 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 potential to make these throws.”
“I’m undecided that’s Daniel’s recreation,” 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 largest 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 could be that kinda man.”
Giants head coach Brian Daboll stated 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 cause for that technique: to assist Jones defend the ball and curb the unhealthy selections and turnovers.
Warner stated the Giants won’t ever get a superb learn on their quarterback, nonetheless — or compete within the fashionable recreation — 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 important staff or compete for a championship in case you’re gonna preserve a leash in your quarterback, if he doesn’t do what’s wanted to compete with one of the best within the league,” Warner stated. That’s the strategy you must 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.’ For those who proceed to maintain handcuffs on him, then you definately’re simply saying he’s not that man.”
Barkley, 25, who’s enjoying on his fifth-year possibility in 2022, can determine with Jones’ predicament and strain. And he believes Jones is poised to guide a “particular staff.”
“DJ, he’s a heck of a man, heck of a participant,” Barkley stated. “The perfect recommendation I may give to him is identical recommendation I give to myself: proceed to work and the remaining is gonna deal with itself. The items are gonna fall collectively.”