New York Giants: Daniel Jones deserves some praise this season

Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has taken the criticism with stride this season but deserves much more praise.

The New York Giants are not contenders this season and are more focused on building their young roster. The youth movement is led by star running back Saquon Barkley and rookie starting quarterback Daniel Jones.

Jones has been winless since scoring victories in his first two NFL starts and has heard the frustration from inpatient fans. The most significant criticism thrown at Jones is an obvious problem of being unable to secure the football and consistently fumbling. Jones is the leader in fumbles since taking over the starting job from longtime quarterback Eli Manning.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has been a strong advocate for Jones as the starter this season. It is doubtful he will be benched besides injury and has shown when he’s not turning the ball over to be a capable passer in the league. Jones currently leads all NFL rookies in touchdown passes with 17 and only has eight interceptions.

The pace that Jones is on production-wise lines him up with some great names like Kurt Warner, who had comparable stats his first year in the league as a starter. Jones received plenty of praise from Barkley during a conversation with reporters earlier in the week.

"“He’s still learning,” Barkley said. “I think he’s done a really good job so far. He’s a rookie, he’s a young quarterback, he puts a lot of hard work in. He’s one of the last guys out of this building. He’s passionate about the game … and as he continues to grow he’s going to get a lot better."

"“No one expects him to be at the level where he recognizes defenses and puts them (O-Line) in positions like Eli would. Eli has been doing it for 15 years, it’s impossible for them to be on the same level.”"

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The Giants fanbase shouldn’t be too critical this season and continue to watch their young quarterback get valuable experience. 2019 is a true rebuilding season that was needed years ago, so the franchise must trust the process.