Dave Gettleman: This is the year Daniel Jones should make a major stride

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Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman admitted that when Aaron Rodgers‘ name comes up in trade rumors, it’s worth exploring.

But because New York is an unlikely destination if and when the Packers trade Rodgers, Gettleman also reaffirmed the team’s belief in rising third-year quarterback Daniel Jones in the same breath.

Jones has displayed some flashes since the Giants took him at No. 6 overall in 2019, but hasn’t consistently performed at a high level. During a Monday appearance on WFAN, Gettleman and the Giants are looking for significant progress in 2021.

“Obviously, this will be a big jump,” Gettleman said, via the New York Post. “This is the year, Year 2 to Year 3, that Daniel should really make a major stride.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him thrive.”

Jones finished last season 30th among 35 qualified players with an 80.4 passer rating — ahead of Alex Smith, Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins, Carson Wentz, and Sam Darnold. That figure was also worse than his rookie year, as Jones finished with a 87.7 passer rating in 2019.

Starting 14 games in 2020, Jones completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,943 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Aside from Jones’ own recovery from a serious hamstring injury, having a healthy Saquon Barkley return to the backfield in 2021 should help the young QB. But if Jones’ play doesn’t make that jump in 2021, the Giants might be in the quarterback market in 2022.

12 responses to “Dave Gettleman: This is the year Daniel Jones should make a major stride

  1. why didn’t the Giants take any top tier linemen? Whenever a Giants game is on, that seems to be the issue. Instead they have 5 wide receivers who won’t be able to do anything if Jones has 1.5 seconds in the pocket.

  2. No Giants QB is ever held responsible for his play. There’s always an excuse. This has been going on for years.

  3. As a Giants fan, I hope Jones takes a major stride toward the exit of MetLife Stadium.

  4. Agreed. I believe he has what it takes. IF the line blocks he has weapons now, if they stay healthy. That’s two “ifs”, but both have a chance to work out. Give the kid a fighting chance and I think he can do it. Same goes for Thomas at LG.

  5. The telltale sign of a QB not having it is a lack of progression from year 1 to year 2.

    Jones doesn’t have it. NYG would’ve been better off drafting Justin Fields with that loaded offense.

  6. i think the team is stacked and he is gonna come out balling…that said if he really does flame out we have to first thirds and fourths next year to find the next guy, tho i really believe that won’t be necessary

  7. If Jones doesn’t have a good year, his third in teh NFL, then 2 things need to happen.

    1 – the Giants need a new GM
    2 – the Giants need a new QB

    For added interest – the Giants need a QB and padded on both Fields and Mac Jones. Lets see how that works out for them. (And the panthers and Broncos who also passed on them)

  8. chickensalad43 says:
    May 4, 2021 at 10:03 am
    The telltale sign of a QB not having it is a lack of progression from year 1 to year 2.
    _________

    What does the manual on grading QBs say when there is a coaching change in year 2? What does it say when there’s no offseason due to a pandemic?

  9. As a huge fan of the GIANTS and someone who likes Daniel Jones, this statement from the article sums it up perfectly:

    ‘Jones has displayed some flashes since the Giants took him at No. 6 overall in 2019, but hasn’t consistently performed at a high level.’

    There is a lot to like with Jones:
    – Smarts
    – Toughness
    – Athleticism
    – Throws a Nice Deep Ball
    – In general, has good accuracy

    Areas where there is concern:
    – Pocket Awareness is terrible
    – Fumbling
    – Late on throws, and seems like there is a problem getting reads in quickly

    Being late on throws can be corrected, it is just a matter of time. I don’t know that the Pocket Awareness can ever be corrected. In my Opinion, you either have that, or you do not.

    This is a big year for him. The GIANTS love a lot of his traits, I like a lot of his traits. QBs take time, sometimes, a lot of time, but with the money a Starting QB will get on their second Contract, that time is now a luxury. You either are a Top Eschelon QB quickly, or a team moves on from you.

    As a Fan of Football, I hate that, because these QBs are not coached as well as they should be, and not given enough time.

    I think Jones could end up being similar to Ryan Tannehill, and if you look at Tannehill now, that is a great place to shoot for.

    But look how long it took Tannehill to become a Top Tier QB.

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