New York Giants: Gettleman, Judge won’t commit to Daniel Jones as starting QB

Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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New York Giants, Joe Judge, center, CEO John Mara, left, chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch, and GM Gettleman. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Last year the New York Giants used the sixth overall draft pick on quarterback Daniel Jones. This time around the team won’t rule out taking a QB again in 2020.

It’s something I’ll never forget. After selecting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, a smug New York Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman held his post-draft press conference. Acting like a man who knew something everyone in the football universe didn’t, the GM told the world that he fell in love with Jones at the Senior Bowl.

Fast forward. As reported Tuesday by Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media, the love affair could be on the rocks. Neither Gettleman or new Head Coach Joe Judge will confirm that Jones is their number one quarterback for the 2020 season. When queried about Jones’ status, GMDG’s best endorsement was: “He finished last year as our quarterback.” Gettleman parried another direct question about the Giants signing a veteran to be the stater, saying; “He’s got a clean slate, and everybody’s competing.”

For his part, Judge wasn’t any more forthcoming than his boss. As is his policy, Judge doesn’t comment on any individual Giants player by name until he’s worked with them. The head coach answered the same question about Jones starting with; “Our depth chart is on that board [behind me] right now, no one’s got a spot.”

He’s trying to be fair to the 50 plus players currently under contract with his no comment approach. But the starting quarterback, someone the franchise has invested heavily in, deserves a little more consideration.

I admit Jones wasn’t my choice for that pick, I wanted Kentucky linebacker/edge rusher Josh Allen and thought the G-Men could get a quality quarterback with their second first-round selection, No. 17 overall. As a matter of fact, I called out GMDG on it. I said he was a sucker for believing Jones wouldn’t be there at 17 when it was widely reported no other team that needed a quarterback thought he was a top 15 pick.