Information or disinformation
Owning the fourth overall pick, the New York Giants could take Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Or at least Gettleman and Judge have planted that seed. If they are putting up a smokescreen, the pair are playing a dangerous game. What does it do to Jones psyche as a young quarterback to essentially get a no comment from his bosses when asked specifically about his status.
To be honest, Gettleman’s self-serving comments about Jones have done a good job of alienating the kid from Giants fans and put unrealistic expectations for early success upon him. Now, GMDG’s public non-commitment is effectively pulling the rug out from under his quarterback. An outsider might think Jones was being set up to fail. Those checks the GM wrote with his mouth last year seem to be coming due and he doesn’t have the funds to cover it.
Going with the misinformation theory, the G-Men did themselves no favors. What they did do is strengthen the Detroit Lions, owners of the third overall pick, trade position. Both Miami (fifth overall) and San Diego (sixth overall) are in the market for a new QB and want Tagovailoa. If either thinks the New York Giants will draft him, they likely trade ahead of Big Blue, not with them.
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On the other hand, let’s assume New York is sincere about drafting a quarterback again this year. With the exception of watching Dave Gettleman go up to the podium at his post-draft presser and eating another huge batch of humble pie, very little can be gained unless Tagovailoa is the next Pat Mahomes.
As we saw with Josh Rosen last year, there probably won’t be a huge trade market for Jones. It means the New York Giants have, at the least, wasted a very valuable draft pick. The collateral damage goes much further.
It starts with a wasted year of running back Saquon Barkley‘s shelf-life. Next, they set Jones back years as he would now have an uphill fight to get another good shot at a starting job anytime soon. Lastly, the G-Men will have unceremoniously run Eli Manning out of town when he could have gone out as a number one quarterback and on his own terms.
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