It’s been three years since the New York Giants took Daniel Jones with the sixth-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Through all of that time, the questions of whether he can or should be the long-term answer under center for New York still haven’t gotten definite answers. With that being the case, a competition for the starting quarterback job may be up for grabs when training camp rolls around. In his three years with the Giants, Jones has led the team to a 12-25 record in games he starts. Not all of that losing can be entirely chalked up to poor performances from the quarterback, though. New York had one of the worst scoring defenses in the league in 2019 and the offensive line and weapons around Jones haven’t been stellar, to say the least. However, the quarterback is the most important position in all of sports, and while there’s plenty of blame to go around, the Duke product deserves quite a bit. One big issue has been Jones’ inability to stay on the field. They say the best ability is availability, and the Giants’ starting quarterback has not been available. Through three career seasons, Jones has not yet played in more than 14 games in a year, missing time each season with various injuries. It was an ankle sprain his rookie year, then another one plus a hamstring strain the next year, and most recently, a neck injury held him out for six games to end the 2021 season. Another big issue for Jones is the turnover bug he can’t seem to shake. In his three-year career, he’s had 49 turnovers: 29 interceptions and 20 lost fumbles. That’s not even counting all of his fumbles that the Giants recovered. In all, Jones has fumbled 36 times in 38 career games. That is a staggeringly high number and completely unacceptable for an NFL starting quarterback. With a new regime coming in, it’s likely that Jones’ days in New York are numbered, especially if his fifth-year option isn’t exercised before the May 2 deadline. New Giants general manager Joe Schoen suggested that change could be on the horizon, while not committing to keep or replace Jones just yet. “We’re going to bring in competition everywhere, but Daniel Jones is our starting quarterback right now,” Schoen said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday. “[Bringing in quarterback competition] is something we’re going to look at and going to address.” Finding a quarterback to compete with Jones for the starting job will help the Giants for several reasons. First, it gives the three-year starter a chance to prove that he really is the answer to their starting quarterback question for the time being. Second, even if Jones loses the starting job, the Giants get a quality backup heading into 2022. The team learned the hard way what happens when you don’t have a quality backup quarterback: Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm combined for 1,000 passing yards, five touchdowns, and 13 interceptions in 2021. How they plan to address their quarterback situation is something we’ll find out in the coming months. There’s at least one interesting name New York may pursue in free agency this offseason, for one. And even though the Giants are unlikely to take a top quarterback prospect with either of their first-round picks, don’t count them out of taking one before the draft is over. Both Schoen and newcomer head coach Brian Daboll said they’ll be evaluating all of the quarterbacks in the draft class this week in Indianapolis. There’s no question that the Giants have many holes to fill in their roster before the 2022 season begins, and finding a backup quarterback is one of them. Whether that backup will come in free agency or the draft, we’ll have to wait and see. But whoever they bring in will have the chance to compete for the starting job in New York.
- May 19, 2022
- May 19, 2022