Joe Judge: Daniel Jones played through serious injuries that would have sidelined most

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Daniel Jones injured his right hamstring against the Bengals on Nov. 29. The Giants quarterback missed one game and returned only to injure his left ankle on a hit in the pocket Dec. 13 against the Cardinals. He then missed another game.

Giants coach Joe Judge said most other NFL players would have missed more than only two games.

“Look, Daniel is the last guy that’s going to use anything as an excuse,” Judge, who rarely talks about injuries, told The Michael Kay Show on Monday. What I would say about the injury last year is it was much more serious than maybe people thought on the outside. I would say probably 90 percent of players in the league who would have had that injury, including quarterbacks, would have been on IR for the remainder of the year. That’s just the reality of it. It was much more severe than maybe he allowed people to know or the information that was put out there, and we’re going to protect our players by not disclosing everything about their injuries to be honest with you. He fought through a lot of things. He earned a lot of people’s respect.”

Jones spent the last five weeks of the season on the injury report. He missed two practices, was limited in nine practices and had four full practices.

The Giants listed him as doubtful in Week 13 when he didn’t play against Seattle and questionable in Weeks 14-16 when he missed one game and started two others. He had no injury designation in Week 17.

The team repeatedly has defended Jones this offseason. Now in his third season, though, Jones has much to prove.

The former sixth overall choice is 8-18 as a starter with 35 passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and 39 turnovers. He has thrown for 5,970 yards and has a 84.1 passer rating.

“I’m very pleased in the progress Daniel made last year,” Judge said. “I really am. Let’s be honest about this guy: There’s no excuses, but he didn’t have a spring to work in the new system. He didn’t have preseason games to get a feel for it and build chemistry with his teammates. We did the best we could in training camp. Ultimately, it took a little bit more time to acclimate an entire team to a new offense. But I’m very, very encouraged. I was very pleased. But he’s fun to work with a daily basis.”

Jones is nearly out of excuses/reasons for not getting it done yet. It’s time for him to figure it out or the Giants likely are back in the quarterback market in 2022.

25 responses to “Joe Judge: Daniel Jones played through serious injuries that would have sidelined most

  1. I’m sure Jones is a fine young man. As a quarterback though, I’m not impressed nor do I think he was worth the number 6 overall pick.

  2. After his rookie year–13 games, 25 tds, 12 picks–I was convinced that Jones was the future (he just needed to clean up his ball security). Im not letting his 2nd year (new HC and OC, new system, no preseason) convince me that his rookie year was a fluke
    Sam Darnold just had his 5th year option picked up and hasnt had one season as good as Jones’ rookie season.

  3. Coaches shouldn’t be proud of players coming back quickly from injury. Remember RGIII? His career was killed by doing this kind of stuff.

    I think Daniel is OK. It’s hard to tell when the rest of the team is such a dumpster fire.

  4. At best he’s a below average QB.
    The Giants should have drafted Fields or Mac Jones since they have no franchise QB.

  5. Nobody needs to vouch for Daniel Jones, or his toughness. He’s one of the best young QB’s in the game. They fired the coach after his rookie season, so not only did Jones have to learn a new system, the entire offense had to learn everything from scratch. It’s easy when only a QB has to learn the system, because everyone else in the huddle knows where they’re supposed to be. Last year, nobody knew where they were supposed to be for the first half of the season. The Giants are well on their way to being a great team, and they have a great young QB to take them there. If they had a re-draft, Jones wouldn’t be available when the Giants picked at #6.

  6. Just puts MORE PRESSURE on him to play well when not hurt. Bad ‘judge’ment to reveal the info

  7. roughingthepasser says:
    May 3, 2021 at 8:58 pm
    At best he’s a below average QB.
    The Giants should have drafted Fields or Mac Jones since they have no franchise QB.
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    They loaded the offense for this year. If Jones can’t get it done, they have two 1sts, two 3rds and two 4ths next year to find his replacement.

  8. Remember when Giants fans were calling him “Danny Dimes”?

    That was funny.

  9. Daniel’s the last guy to use anything as an excuse…so let me just go ahead and do it for him.

  10. I’m sure his injuries were the reason for his four thousand turnovers too, right?

  11. Typical excuses they make for Caucasian QBs who are bust to justify their overrated draft stock. This guy should not have been drafted that high in the draft.

  12. charliecharger says:
    May 3, 2021 at 9:39 pm
    Nobody needs to vouch for Daniel Jones, or his toughness. He’s one of the best young QB’s in the game. They fired the coach after his rookie season, so not only did Jones have to learn a new system, the entire offense had to learn everything from scratch. It’s easy when only a QB has to learn the system, because everyone else in the huddle knows where they’re supposed to be. Last year, nobody knew where they were supposed to be for the first half of the season. The Giants are well on their way to being a great team, and they have a great young QB to take them there. If they had a re-draft, Jones wouldn’t be available when the Giants picked at #6.

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    Now this is some comical crap. He is average at best and will never be anything more. A major reach when drafted and has shown nothing other than being a good guy and hard worker. Never understood why people put rose colored glasses on about how crappy their favorite team is. Just be honest. You don’t follow a team based only on wins and losses.

  13. Sounds like bad player management by the coach to me. Remember how well Andrew Luck did last season? Exactly. You’re just asking for the guy to become injury prone if he’s not healing up correctly then you’ll be in the same position as the Colts constantly talking about “potential” and “what he could have been”.

  14. “Why was Jones playing if he had serious injuries?”

    Great question. Is the NFL looking into this?

  15. We have two first round pics and if the next great Qb is in the draft we shouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger.

  16. After his rookie year–13 games, 25 tds, 12 picks–I was convinced that Jones was the future
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    You forgot to mention his 18 (18!) fumbles his rookie year.

  17. The truth is that this is a put-up-or-shutup year for Jones. Period. That being said, folks need to understand it doesn’t matter whether Jones works out or not this time. Why? Because the other needs have been met. Pass rush, skill positions (both sides), have been drafted AND supplemented by free agents. If Jones flames out, whoever takes his place, will be stepping into a nearly dream situation. Personally, I have confidence he will meet this challenge, but if he doesn’t, we can pull a Cardinals/Cleveland/Carolina and just go back to the well and get another qb, simple as that. On offense you have Saquon and 4 receivers who cut the 40 in 4.4 or faster. 4 guys, who can beat coverage. Period. Who are you gonna double cover? Oh and they still have solid guys like Sheperd, Engram and Rudolf. Jones doesn’t have to learn a new system AND he got the Tom Brady treatment with new weapons! Play man to man on defense? Good luck with that. Saquon’s gonna eat that for breakfast. Trust me when I tell you the last thing DJ is worried about are “expectations”. It’s like being an F1 driver and being given Lewis Hamilton’s car for your next race. Are you worried about expectations or are you thinking about the cool ride that just got dropped in your lap! Not trepidation, but anticipation!

  18. If you know anything about football, you should know that Jones is the real deal. No one on the Giants doubts this, and stories that suggest otherwise are just off-season noise.

  19. the comments in here are hilarious.. clearly fans of other nfc east teams or people who have never seen the giants play…what he did last year despite injuries and lack of talent was a massive improvement, in a new system with no pre season…they have loaded the cupboard this year and it is do or die for danny..if you don’t think he will not thrive this year you don’t know football and should stick to your espn talking heads who get every take they ever make wrong…

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