It’s Time to Start Worrying About Daniel Jones

The New York Giants have a big dilemma on their hands. They’ve started the season 0-4 and quite frankly weren’t expected to be any good. The play of their second year quarterback Daniel Jones has left them with a lot of thinking to do.

The Regression of “Danny Dimes”

Daniel Jones was chosen to be the successor to Giants legend Eli Manning at quarterback and showed a lot of promise last season, throwing for 24 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. This season Jones looks lost, he’s thrown just 2 touchdowns through 4 games to 5 interceptions. His fumbling woes have also continued into this season and he has 3 already to go with his 18 from last year. These stats just aren’t good enough to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Washington benched fellow sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins and Haskins had put up better numbers than Jones and unlike Jones, won a football game. Daniel Jones’ decision making seems to have a taken a hit and he’s starting to develop the reputation as a “turnover machine.” Look at the play where he sealed a loss to the Los Angeles Rams with his 5th interception of the season.

Jones and the Giants only scraped 9 points against the Rams. Source: Twitter

Daniel Jones out, Trevor Lawrence in?

Jones can’t afford to drag his heels with the Giants starting job. The 2021 draft class is deep at quarterback and if the Giants find themselves in contention for the first overall pick, Clemson’s star Trevor Lawrence could become the new star at Metlife Stadium. Lawrence has been a stud at Clemson with over 7700 career yards and 73 touchdowns, he’s seen by many as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. The Giants are one of 4 winless teams and have a 27.8% chance to land the first overall pick. Lawrence looks to be the opposite of Jones on the field as well. Jones has a 61% completion percentage to Lawrence’s 73.3%. Lawrence has yet to throw an interception, Jones has thrown 5. Lawrence ticks all the boxes that Jones seemingly lost the ability to. Look at this throw Lawrence made against the University of Virginia.

If the Giants have the first pick in the draft it’ll be hard to pass up on Lawrence. They wouldn’t be the only team after the 21 year old phenom. There could likely be a similar situation to the Kyler Murray and Josh Rosen situation with the Arizona Cardinals. There’s plenty of games left this season for Daniel Jones to reestablish himself in New York but he needs to step his level of play up. Things aren’t looking so comfortable for “Danny Dimes” anymore.

 

Last modified: March 4, 2021 2:45 PM

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