David Cutcliffe is helping Daniel Jones reduce fumbles

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Giants quarterback Daniel Jones threw 24 touchdown passes as a rookie. Which is very good. He had 18 fumbles. Which is not.

In fact, Jones’ 18 fumbles were the most by any NFL player since former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper fumbled 23 times in 2002.

This year, Jones is working on cutting down on his fumbles. He’s been working with his former coach at Duke, David Cutcliffe, to address the situation.

“We have a bunch of drills that are designed for pocket movement,” Cutcliffe said, via Dan Duggan of TheAthletic.com. “We’re using equipment people, the coaches — anybody we can to just create small, tight places in the pocket. One thing people forget is the sound of the pocket. What does noise do to most normal people? You flinch. You have to create a focus. So I yell, I do different things.”

Last month, Simms and I discussed Jones’ fumbling on PFT Live. The challenge ultimately is one of awareness; knowing when defenders are in the vicinity of the hand holding the ball, knowing when to tuck the ball away while on the move, knowing how much time the quarterback has to get rid of the ball as a defender closes in for a hit aimed at jarring the ball loose.

It’s likely something that Jones will improve with time and repetitions, as he better understands how his body fits within the broader jumble of human beings flying around on a football field, with 11 of which having sharply different goal and objectives than the other 11. If he doesn’t improve, it will be hard for him to become the best quarterback he can be — and for the Giants to win as many games as they can.

12 responses to “David Cutcliffe is helping Daniel Jones reduce fumbles

  1. Dak was a mid round pick, I hope #6 overall is better. NJ Giants are > Dallas all time. #8WCs

  2. Didn’t David Cutcliffe coach Daniel Jones for 4 years in college? Did he not work any of these great drills with Jones while he was in college? Did he not send Jones off NFL-ready, at least with ball security? This does not make Cutcliffe out to look very good. This is an embarassment for Cutcliffe. 4 years in your program and he doesn’t know how to hold onto the ball???

  3. Plenty of dropped interceptions that helped his stats look better beyond just the fumbles. Either way regardless of stats he needs to find a way win games.

  4. Jones has 2 years left on his rookie deal.
    Its not looking good for him so far, but he has 2 more years to greatly improve.

  5. Correction, Jones has 3 years not 2.
    24 fumbles + interceptions is pretty bad.

  6. Antonio Brown Where Are You? says:
    June 6, 2020 at 8:20 pm
    Correction, Jones has 3 years not 2.
    24 fumbles + interceptions is pretty bad.
    lol, you probably saud the same thing about lamar jacjson last year. since we are pointing things out

    1. Jones was the best road qb in the league last year
    2. he’s the only rookie in nfl history to have a 350+ yard game, 5 td’d, and no picks..he actually had two other games with 4 td’s and no picks..eli did that once in his career,,jones did it twice last year.
    3. jones was the 10th best rated qb against pressure.

    leys pump the brakes, jones will be just fine. and lets be real, nobody was playing all world behind that oline last yera. his left tackle gave up the most pressures and sacks in the league.

  7. This dude is the prevent defense killer! Gets worked for 3 quarters then throws 4 TD’s in the last couple Minutes and loses by one score. Go check his splits the numbers don’t lie.

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