New York Giants: Grading Daniel Jones performance vs. NYJ

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While watching Jones lead the New York Giants offense, there were a few other things that stood out.

He did a great job selling the play action on the pass play to Golden Tate. Gallman’s earlier run set it up nicely and froze the linebackers. Additionally, he ran the offense with a nice pace. The team looked in-sync.

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As is the case with many rookie quarterbacks, Jones is late getting the ball to his receivers. Part of it has to do with mechanics as he often dragged his back foot on throws. Much like how some pitchers throw their changeup. In other words, Jones throw’s are mostly due to his arm. It would greatly help his effectiveness going forward if the QB stepped into the passes better.

I know Banks highly praised Jones’ ability to put the ball in the right spot, but there were a few things he didn’t tell you. Most importantly Jones was late and slow getting rid of the ball. Let’s use the Fowler touchdown pass as a good example.

Jones was late getting the ball out, he waited until Fowler was a few steps out of his break before he threw. Additionally, as shown in the replays, he stared down the receiver during his entire route. So to recap, Jones watched Fowler run the route, he waited to throw until after the receiver made his break and it took longer than it should have for it to leave his hand, due to mechanics.

Playing against a good defense, like Chicago or the Los Angeles Rams instead of the Jets subs, for example, would have made the play much more difficult for Fowler. The defense had time to break up the plays because the corners would have been able to close on the receiver due to how long Jones took to get the ball to where it needed to be.

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Jones final grade for the night is an incomplete. He did some good things in the game but showed a few flaws as well. Eight snaps aren’t enough for a fair total grade.