The simple answer: not quite yet.
Daniel Jones’s young career could be summarized in one keyword: inconsistency.
Since he was awarded the starting job in 2019, Giants fans have had difficulty putting a pin on his true value because in some games, he looks like an elite franchise quarterback, and in other games, he looks like he was freshly signed off the practice squad on a 10-day contract.
The Giants Monday night game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers highlighted this perfectly. On the possible game-winning drive, Jones marched the offense down the field, threw a beautiful ball to Tate in the endzone, but on the two-point conversion to tie the game and send it to overtime, Jones’s pass to Dion Lewis was late and behind the receiver, which lost the Giants the game.
Taking a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly side of Jones’s young career will help evaluate his true value to the franchise.
It is not hard to see why many think Daniel Jones has the potential to be the division’s top quarterback. His footwork, mechanics, and throwing nature earned him the nickname “Danny Dimes,” and when Daniel Jones is on, he is a solid quarterback who can win games.
Jones has shown glimpses of promise in his early career, but his young career has been plagued by inconsistency, giving him a not so impressive stat line and doubts if he can assume the franchise quarterback role.
The way Daniel Jones has been playing this year is simply not good enough for the team to win. He can not score points, which also may partially be a coaching issue, but every Giants fan watches Jones miss open reads and deliver some bad balls at times.
In the eight games of this season, he has only thrown for seven touchdown passes, a 61.8% completion percentage, and a quarterback rating of 73.9. It appears as if Jones is regressing in his development at times and can not seem to produce anything with Barkley.
The consistent turnovers are the worst aspect of Daniel Jones’s game. Jones has now turned the ball over at least once in his last nine games and has thrown 21 interceptions in just 16 games. Jones’s mistakes haunt him and having a quarterback that makes an average of 3 bad mistakes per game puts the team in a difficult position to win.
Overall, Jones is still young, and the Giants still have time to determine his true value.
The Giants are getting better every week, the team looks like they have a direction with Joe Judge, and Jones has more chances to prove his worth.
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