Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones assured Giants fan why they are excited for the future with his triumphing debut in Tampa Bay on Sunday.
He ran for two rankings and passed for two more. He helped his group fight returned from 18 factors down at half-time – on the road. He rejuvenated the offense and managed to preserve the group centered no matter losing famous person strolling again Saquon Barkley to an ankle injury.
It was just one game. But with his 336-yard, a four-total-touchdown day that ended with an epic fourth-quarter comeback and 32-31 win, the former Duke Blue Devil showed a little bit of the entirety and provided extra exhilaration than the preceding starter Eli Manning had in pretty some time.
Jones came up massive on Sunday, however, it wasn’t a given his first start would win over the NFL world simply pretty as it did.
Before Jones even stepped on the subject in the NFL, he had already skilled both the reward and criticism you would count on a beginning quarterback to receive.
Leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft, Jones’ title was once not often referred to at the top of mocks. His NFL draft profile said he was once “more of a day two draft pick than day one”.
Giants’ usual manager Dave Gettleman had different ideas, spending the sixth overall pick on a player who used to be no longer regarded as flawless as we would count on from a first-round pick, let by myself a first-round quarterback.
His choice was met with criticism. It was once a ‘reach’ and an ill-advised pick out when the team should have moved again or even used their 17th standard pick out on the 22-year-old, so the analysts said.
The go was mainly confusing when Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur said that they wanted to comply with the ‘Green Bay model’ with their quarterbacks, saying Jones may want to sit on the bench for three years as 38-year-old veteran Manning was once introduced as the starter before the season. Why use the pick out on Jones with so many different holes?
Knowing Manning would be the No 1 indefinitely, it used to be hard for Giants fans to get too excited about their rookie, or for Jones to keep away from the labels he had received.
Then the preseason came.
While Manning’s offense endured stumbling, Jones regarded to be on fire. Yes, he played with backups, and towards backups, however, he came thru his first taste of NFL action finishing 29 of 34 passes for 416 yards with two touchdowns and no picks.
There was once extra reason for hope, however, the Giants’ brass stuck with their two-time Super Bowl winner Manning notwithstanding the offensive ineptitude in recent seasons.
After two straight losses to start this season, the three-year layout used to be thrown out the window. Enough used to be enough, and Manning was once finally axed final week.
It was simply one game, however, Jones has already proven what the Giants have been lacking by means of sticking with Manning for so long – and Gettleman must experience justified. It doesn’t depend on the place you pick out a quarterback – if they turn out to be the face of the franchise, they had been worth it.
As the seas parted on fourth-and-five with simply one minute and 21 seconds left in Tampa Bay, Jones used his legs to race through the protection for the all-important go-ahead rating with a play Manning probably couldn’t make.
Jones is by using no potential going to make a career with his wheels, however, the added issue of a manageable scramble was something the Buccaneers was no longer prepared for.
His legs gained it, but his arm used to be super too. The 336 passing yards got here from 23 completions on 36 attempts. He tossed two touchdowns whilst two got here on the ground. The Giants moved the ball when it mattered!
New York came down for an 18-point halftime deficit and received the recreation regardless of Tampa’s 499 yards and last-second area aim attempt. Jones’ effort ought to have all been in vain, but instead, the confidence the crew and the rookie won could flip their season around.
Jones spoke to NBC’s Peter King after the game saying: “I noticed grass” earlier than he dashed into the empty cease zone. Giants fans see a new star, and their team competing once again in the NFC East after eight years besides a division title.
So, what’s subsequent for Jones and the Giants after the early bar has been set? It’s a home debut for Jones subsequent week, as New York host division competitors Washington. There’s a practical hazard the Giants will be .500 at the quarter stage of the season.
However, two matchups with the sturdy Vikings and Patriots defenses loom, and Jones will be given a pair of hard tests.
Whatever comes of the close to future and even this season, Giants fans have a cause to agree with again.