Daniel Jones says he’s learning to go down earlier to avoid injuries

USA Today

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has yet to play a full NFL season, and a major part of his focus heading into Year Four is staying healthy enough to stay on the field all year.

That’s why, Jones said, he’s learning to avoid contact and slide sooner so that he can avoid injuries like the neck injury that ended his 2021 season or the hamstring injury that caused him to miss time in 2020.

“I think more than anything it’s just being aware in certain situations, and making the decision to go down earlier. I think there’s things you can watch on tape and learn from it, and I’ll continue to learn,” Jones said.

Jones is a good runner, with 172 carries for 1,000 yards so far in his NFL career, an impressive average of 5.8 yards per carry. But if Jones has to sacrifice some rushing yards to keep himself healthy, that’s a trade-off the Giants will take.

15 responses to “Daniel Jones says he’s learning to go down earlier to avoid injuries

  1. After he went down before scoring a TD on that long run against the Eagles, I thought he already learned that!!

  2. Avoiding contact is vital for quarterbacks.

    Avoiding turnovers is also vital for quarterbacks.

  3. Jones is a good runner, with 172 carries for 1,000 yards so far in his NFL career, an impressive average of 5.8 yards per carry.

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    I will never forget that play where the Giants were at their own 12 yard line, Jones faked the handoff and took off. Nothing but the end zone in front of him, no one near enough to stop him and …. he tripped over the 20 yard line in what looked like a 3 stooges moment.

    Hero moment that ends up an NFL punchline on the ESPN blooper reel. Pretty much sums up Jones career so far. He finally has a decent coach and GM (Gettleman’s tenure was a highlight reel of bloopers and never seemed to realize it) so maybe things will change for the next QB.

  4. I was just thinking that the only thing holding back Daniel Jones QB career is, the fact he doesn’t go down fast enough.

  5. We Giants fans were spoiled when Eli was our QB. He never missed a game during his entire career due to injury. Let that sink in for a minute. I’m willing to give Jones the benefit of the doubt, since he’s played behind the leagues worst offensive line.

    I want him to succeed. We’ll have our answer by the midway point of the upcoming season. At least we now have a quality backup if needed.

  6. Like the time he apparently didn’t want to get injured running freely into the end zone?

  7. If it’s taken you til your 4th year in the NFL to realize you shouldn’t be taking hits, then clearly you don’t have the mental acuity to play the position. There’s a reason Brady is Brady and Lamar is Lamar.

  8. I bELIeve in Daniel Jones.. Hope the coaching staffing brings in baseball coach to show how to slide and not dive head first..

  9. Daniel Jones says he’s learning to go down earlier to avoid injuries
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    So this season he’ll be taking even more sacks!

  10. roughingthepasser says:
    June 8, 2022 at 8:33 am
    Avoiding contact is vital for quarterbacks.

    Avoiding turnovers is also vital for quarterbacks.
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    As is NOT taking sacks which is the opposite of what he’s going to be doing!

  11. Those that joke on him falling without being touched have a point. But no one mentioned that it was the fastest top speed among all QBs at the time. Yes, faster than Lamar and Allen.

  12. @ Brian, Maybe true but straight line speed doesn’t mean much when it comes to QBs and RB as most of their runs are not in a straight line, a lot of cutting and jukes, WRs do have an advantage with straight line speed though!

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