He is yet to make a significant impact three years into his career.
Worse, his performance against the Los Angeles Rams indicates that he might not be the man for the job.
Sure, the Giants are suffering from a ton of injuries lately, especially on offense.
Likewise, Jones came off concussion protocol before playing against Los Angeles.
Daniel Jones is gonna have a very nice, long career as a backup quarterback. Probably a good 10-12 year run ahead of him.
— nick wright (@getnickwright) October 17, 2021
However, great quarterbacks help elevate the game of whoever suited up every week.
That’s why Tom Brady won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots despite a seemingly revolving door of receivers.
Jones would occasionally have great games and go into daredevil runs.
But he hasn’t lived up to the hype, as if there was much fanfare surrounding him in college.
Sadly, having Jones reflects the Giants’ problems as an organization.
Lack Of Foresight Doomed The Giants
There was nothing fancy about Jones’ stint with the Duke Blue Devils.
He even completed just 56.7 percent of his passes during his junior year, which is quite low for a top-flight quarterback.
Likewise, Duke wasn’t a football powerhouse.
However, the Giants selected him with the sixth pick of the 2019 NFL Draft as Eli Manning‘s successor.
For a fan base that wanted him gone a few years ago, Giants fans really love Eli Manning
Probably because they realize he’d be a better option than Daniel Jones at this point
— Josh Gross (@josh3302) October 17, 2021
He did replace the two-time Super Bowl champion and finished his rookie season with 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns.
While those numbers are decent, Jones is a product of a shallow talent pool during his class.
No other play-caller from the 2019 draft is making a splash except for Arizona’s Kyler Murray.
The Giants’ fortunes might be different if they acknowledged the inevitable a year earlier.
Manning’s best years are behind him, and they must draft his heir apparent.
Instead, they drafted Saquon Barkley with the second overall selection.
At first, the former Penn State running back played to expectations and became an All-Pro.
But he is not the same since he suffered a torn ACL last season.
The Wounded Giants
Jones could not do much with the Giants’ offense even when their receivers were healthy.
They also added Kadarius Toney via this year’s draft.
He also has promising left tackle Andrew Thomas to protect his blindside.
Despite having these weapons, the Giants are nowhere near being competitive.
TE Evan Engram (calf) did not practice Thursday.
Also WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and CB Sam Beal (hamstring) were new additions to the injury report. They were limited.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) October 21, 2021
That said, it’s going to be a long season for the Giants, even with their starters back.
#Giants Injury Report ahead of Week 7 contest against Panthers…
DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
RB Saquon Barkley (Ankle)
WR Kenny Golladay (Knee)
WR Kadarius Toney (Ankle)
TE Evan Engram (Calf) pic.twitter.com/x8TWieBShU
— Jennifer X. Williams (@JenXperience) October 21, 2021
However, the front office must not commit the same mistake of drafting a quarterback a year late.
It must be their priority in 2022 to light a fire under Jones, who will be playing on the final year of his rookie contract.
If that’s not enough, the Giants must part ways with him because he won’t reverse their miserable fortunes.