New York Giants: 5 reasons not to start Daniel Jones yet

Eli Manning, and Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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No receivers

Why would the New York Giants want to put Jones on the field when he has almost no one to throw to? It might be a different story if OBJ was there, then again if he was still with the Giants, this situation probably wouldn’t be an issue. It’s not like Beckham drops passes the way Bennie Fowler does.

There is no Golden Tate because he’s out for two more games as a result of his suspension. Sterling Shepard‘s status is uncertain due to a concussion. Cody Latimer is also out with a concussion. Those are the Giants three best receivers.

Evan Engram is Big Blue’s best option in the passing game. Opponents know that as well. Without anyone else as a threat, Engram will continue to get double-teamed. Buffalo held him to 48 yards last Sunday. Unless Saquon Barkley is split wide, defenses will continue to stack the box against him, so the degree to which he can help in the passing game is limited.

Shurmer is putting the rookie quarterback into a situation where the odds of success are slim to none, and slim isn’t on the team flight to Tampa Bay. The absolute earliest the G-Men should have considered using Jones as a starter was Game 6, on October 20. The stars were aligned for that one.

The Giants Week 5 matchup is on Thursday night October 10, at New England. No team wants to play a rookie quarterback against Belichick’s defense. After that one, there are 10 days until Arizona comes to MetLife Stadium, a game the Giants can win. Jones would have more than a week to prepare. Additionally, Tate will have had a game under his belt with the team, giving the young QB a reliable option to throw to. Shepard and/or Latimer could be back by then as well.

This is called preparing someone for success. Playing a road game with the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth-best receivers the Giants have (remember original number three Corey Coleman, blew out his knee in camp), is setting Jones up for failure.