This NFL offseason figures to be another quarterback carousel, but don’t expect the Giants to be along for the ride.
New York selected Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 draft, but his inconsistent play — as well as inability to stay on the field — has led to pundits already questioning if he’s the right guy for the future. The Giants have overhauled, revamped and rebuilt their roster, and they now have stars at a number of positions, so it’s vital for them to start a quarterback under center who can consistently win games for them.
And so far, during the course of his career, Jones hasn’t looked like that guy. His ball security remains an issue, as does his accuracy. The durability issues are a major pause for concern as well, as he’s only 220 pounds.
But a number of quarterbacks — Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield included — have taken major steps forward in their third year, and the Giants are apparently hoping Jones can do the same. Head coach Joe Judge is already attempting to squash any potential distractions, as he stood behind Jones as the team’s starting quarterback heading into next season.
“To me it’s a string of moments watching Daniel work,” Judge said, via ESPN.com. “Watching the respect he has in the locker room. Watching him lead throughout this season. I think he’s demonstrated a level of toughness and leadership and knowledge on the field that gives us confidence to put him out there and build with Daniel.
“I’m not going to point to one moment but I can talk about this entire season of, ‘This guy has definitely earned my respect.’ I kind of made it very hard on him from the beginning in a lot of ways. He hasn’t blinked.”
He had this to say regarding if Jones would be the team’s quarterback next season.
“Daniel Jones is our quarterback,” Judge said.
To be fair, Judge was put in a difficult situation, having been backed into a corner, but the New York media does not mess around.