Saquon Barkley praises Daniel Jones’ “amazing” work ethic

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The upcoming season is a big one for Giants quarterback Daniel Jones.

The sixth pick of the 2019 draft, Jones has been up-and-down in his two seasons in the league. While he dealt with a significant hamstring injury last year, the quarterback finished with 2,943 yards passing with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 games. He also rushed for 423 yards with a TD.

But the Giants have to decide whether to pick up Jones’ fifth-year option after the season and extend their commitment to him through 2023.

During a Thursday interview on the Rich Eisen Show, teammate Saquon Barkley said he’s expecting Jones to continue to be himself despite the raised stakes.

“I really don’t want to speak for Daniel, but just knowing Daniel, it is what it is. He has an amazing work ethic,” Barkley said. “I think anyone in the facility can see that clear as day. He’s a guy that’s going to come into work and is a guy that’s going to lead you and is a guy that’s going to compete. So I think that’s his mindset, is come in and try to get one percent better every day and lead this team.”

New York has compiled an 8-18 record in games that Jones has started — though nearly all of those in 2020 were without Barkley. If the Giants’ have their best offensive player for the entire upcoming season, it’ll make Jones’ job easier. And that should give the Giants a clear picture as to whether or not Jones is their quarterback of the future.

9 responses to “Saquon Barkley praises Daniel Jones’ “amazing” work ethic

  1. The old “first one here and last one to leave, always studying film” story, trotted out again.

    There’s perspiration and there’s inspiration. And an infinitude of the former doesn’t ever equal a drop of the latter.

    Daniel seems like a nice kid. Good luck to him.

  2. I like what I’ve seen of Jones but I always smile at these “hard worker” comments. Like how every team must have at least 15-20 guys who have been called the hardest worker on the team at some time or another. Similar to how you watch college football and according to the commentators every single game somehow features multiple guys destined to be first-round NFL draft picks.

  3. It’s now or never. They got him some help so we will see what happens.

    That trade down with Chicago was a smart play for the organization in the event that Jones needs to be replaced. Chicago’s 2022 first could be top 10 with Dalton playing a lot of games.

  4. The athleticism is there, the raw intelligence is there, the work ethic is there and the solid-citizen thing is there…..BUT he still needs to learn how to not fumble the ball. If he stops fumbling he could be an above average NFL QB. I dont see him as a pro-bowler, but he doesnt have to be a pro-bowler.

  5. At least he didn’t say Jones is the “first guy to show up and last guy to leave”. Its the biggest cliche when it comes to young quarterbacks.

  6. As a giants fan, I think he could be really good but it’s all about the OL. Also, since everyone knows he fumbles, they’re more apt to go for the ball whenever they get a chance.

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