Daniel Jones Laughs Off Suggestion Giants Need To Draft Quarterback

Jones missed most of this season due to a season-ending knee injury suffered in Week 9.
East Rutherford, NJ     October 22, 2023 -- Daniel Jones of the Giants on the sidelines in the
East Rutherford, NJ October 22, 2023 -- Daniel Jones of the Giants on the sidelines in the / Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com / USA

The New York Giants ended the regular season on a positive note, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. It was a good ending to a rough season that saw quarterback Daniel Jones suffer a torn ACL in Week 9, ending his season.

Giants fans were looking forward to seeing what Jones could do in his second season with Brian Daboll after signing a four-year, $160 million deal last offseason. 

However, with New York finishing with six wins on the season, they’ll have the sixth pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, which could put them in quarterback territory.

On Monday morning, Jones was asked by reporters if the Giants “need” to take a quarterback early in the draft. The veteran quarterback responded with a laugh and said, “I’m confident in myself. I’m confident in my abilities.”

It’s not farfetched to think that the Giants won’t evaluate any of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft class as they have a top-10 selection. However, they signed Jones to a huge deal last offseason and showed some promise under Daboll.

Jones completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,205 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 2022. He also had 708 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns.

Jones’ playing time was cut short this season due to multiple injuries, leading to Tyrod Taylor and Tommy DeVito starting under center. He completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 909 yards, two touchdowns, and six interceptions in six games.

The veteran quarterback is set to make $35.5 million next season, and New York has a potential out in his contract heading into 2025. 

Therefore, the Giants could take former LSU standout Jayden Daniels at No. 6, who is viewed as the second or third-best quarterback behind Caleb Williams and Drake Maye. 

However, I don’t see the Giants going that route, as they need to use their first-round pick to add to their receiver unit. Darius Slayton and Wan’dale Robinson are solid threats in the passing game. But New York needs a bonafide No. 1 wide receiver, which the other three teams in the NFC East have.