New York Giants: Daniel Jones is his own worst enemy

Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Daniel Jones, Duke. New York Giants. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is falling deeper into a dark pit after his eighth straight loss. While many want to blame the coaching, many of Jones’s problems are of his own making.

After drafting Daniel Jones six overall in the 2019 draft, New York Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman gushed about how he fell in love with Jones from watching the Duke quarterback at the Senior Bowl workouts. Admittedly there is plenty to love about him.

When building the ideal physical prototype of an NFL quarterback, Jones is the guy at 6-5, 220-pounds. He’s got good mobility and body strength. In the pocket, Jones resembles Eli Manning, the way he stands tall. The Charlotte, NC is a Manning passing camp disciple and his head coach at Duke, David Cutcliffe, was Eli’s head coach at Mississippi. Before that Cutcliffe was Peyton Manning‘s offensive coordinator at Tennessee.

Jones makes passes into tight windows that even the most ardent of critics are forced to give the (Blue) Devil his due. Yet it’s done without the gambling gunslinger attitude of a Brett Favre. Jones’  poor completion percentage in college can be attributed to his less than stellar supporting cast which led to over nine percent of passes being dropped. Then there is his steady demeanor, which is ideal to run an offense. With all the above attributed combined, again it’s not hard to see why the New York Giants thought so highly of Daniel Jones.

At its pinnacle, the NFL is classic Darwinism, only the strong have survived to make it that far. Few will doubt that Jones is tough enough both mentally and physically to play at this level. Unfortunately, falling in love sometimes comes with a pair of rose-colored glasses, that makes us overlook someone’s deficiencies.