Daniel Jones has played well enough in the ‘prove it’ year to gain more confidence in the Giants stretch – The Denver Post


An hour after Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch took part in Giants practice on Wednesday, Daniel Jones said he believed head coach Brian Daboll trusted the passing offense of the Giants.

“I do, yes I do,” Jones said. “I think at certain times of the year we have built on that and we will continue to work to improve it.”

Jones cited two reasons why he’s not in a position to demand more opportunities to make plays with his arm: 1. “A lot of these decisions are definitely beyond my head” and 2. “We we’ve been efficient with the ball all year.”

But there is a problem: only one of these statements is true.

The Giants averaged 173.4 rushing yards per game in their 6-1 start, but only averaged 116.4 per game rushing in their 1-3-1 skid the past five.

The offensive line had one of its worst games of the season against Washington’s formidable defensive front in Sunday’s 20-20 draw at MetLife Stadium, especially inside where left guard Nick Gates struggled a lot. .

It is unclear whether left guard Ben Bredeson (knee), who is designated for the return of injured reserve and training, will be able to return Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles (11-1) or the following week against Washington. The Giants need him.

It doesn’t look like his training workload increased much on Wednesday. So it may be more important for the Giants (7-4-1) to have him available for their Week 15 trip to Washington (7-5-1) which will essentially decide a playoff berth.

Jones deserves Daboll’s full confidence more than ever, especially since the Giants haven’t recently proven they can rely on Saquon Barkley and the running game.

Jones has played extremely well this season in his “proven” year.

During Jalen Hurts’ year of proof as an Eagles quarterback, general manager Howie Roseman traded for star receiver AJ Brown. He paired Brown with dynamic widening DeVonta Smith, tight end Dallas Goedert (currently injured), speedster widening Quez Watkins and running backs Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott behind one of the best offensive lines of the NFL.

Jones works with far less to lead the Giants’ offense, but he still helped bring a threadbare roster to seven wins and counts with solid decision-making and a dual-threat offense. He even completed 80% of his passes last week against the Commanders.

He carried the ball 91 times for 522 yards and four touchdowns to complete 2,365 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. Best of all, he’s only had seven turnovers in the Giants’ 12 games, even though he’s already doubled his career high for one season.

He’s averaging a career low .583 per game after averaging 1.769 per game as a rookie, 1.14 per game in 2020 and 1.1 last year.

One of Daboll’s concerns must be that three of Jones’ seven turnovers have come in the last three games: two interceptions against the Lions and a fumble loss against Washington.

Additionally, the Eagles defense forced a league-high 23 turnovers. Wide receiver Darius Slayton said Eagles corners Darius Slay and ex-Giant James Bradberry represent the best cornering tandem the Giants have faced this year.

“This year so far?” Slayton said. “Yeah.”

Daboll cannot, however, continue to coach half-heartedly, as he did in last week’s draw against Washington. And if the Giants really give Jones every chance to win that long-term job, they’ll allow him to let it rip.


Did not participate: CB Adoree Jackson (knee), DL Leonard Williams (neck), LG Josh Ezeudu (neck), LG Shane Lemieux (toe), RG Mark Glowinski (rest), DT Dexter Lawrence (rest), S Julian Love (rest). Limit: CB Nick McCloud (hamstring), CB Darnay Holmes (shoulder), WR Richie James (knee), DL Henry Mondeaux (knee). Full: WR Kenny Golladay (illness).

Remarks: Wednesday was the first time Tisch had been seen in Giants practice in a long time… Daboll said safety Xavier McKinney would not return with his broken left hand against the Eagles on Sunday, but the coach said McKinney was at the doctors office on Wednesday to get checked out. And it was possible that he would take the pins out of her hands on this date. If and when McKinney has pulled the pins, it’s possible he could eventually come back with a club on his hand and play. He hasn’t played since week 8… Jackson told the Daily News last week that his knee recovery was going well and was status quo with his original schedule of 4-6 weeks. If true, that would mean he could return to Minnesota Christmas Eve at the earliest… Love, Lawrence and Glowinski all received veteran days off due to their workloads, although Glowinski suffered a back injury last Sunday. The team didn’t mention that in Wednesday’s injury report, however, and said his DNP was “not injury related.” … Corner Rodarius Williams said Wednesday he’s looking forward to making more plays when the opportunity arises again, like he did with his Thanksgiving interception against the Dallas Cowboys. He feels he has worked hard to regain his health, overcome adversity and contribute. So he’s excited for his next chance to do so. He said he and the Giants were fine after his public tweet lamenting his DNP against Washington. And it’s worth noting that Williams knows Hurts well, having played him at Oklahoma State in 2019 in Hurts’ only season at Oklahoma.


Did not participate: LB Shaun Bradley (hamstring). Limit: WR Watkins (shoulder), LB Kyzir White (ankle).




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