The New York Giants are in the Divisional Round of the playoffs after an upset win over the Vikings on Sunday. Daniel Jones is getting all the praise after an impressive performance to lead the Giants to victory. Jones is the first quarterback in NFL history with 300+ pass yards, 2+ pass touchdowns & 70+ rush yards in a single playoff game (NFL.com). This performance prompted superstar running back Saquon Barkley to describe Daniel Jones as an “elite” quarterback, instilling the belief that the Giants could go all the way in the hearts of fans.
Saquon Barkley praises Daniel Jones
The future of the New York Giants is bright. Daniel Jones is having his breakout season, leading New York to the postseason with a long-term extension in the works. Many anticipated that Saquon Barkley would be the team’s leader and reason for winning games this season. Barkley has been excellent, setting a new career-high with 1312 rushing yards in 2022, but Jones has been the catalyst to the team’s successful season.
Saquon Barkley feels like Daniel Jones is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, saying, “I know we have an elite quarterback. He’s shown that multiple times.”
Barkley is right. Jones has, at times, played like an elite quarterback this season. With the Giants advancing in the postseason, confidence in Daniel Jones has never been higher. The team is rallying behind Jones as fans and analysts alike unite to praise him for the excellent performance he turned in during his postseason debut in the Wild Card round.
Daniel Jones’s blindside protector, Andrew Thomas, also had high praise for his signal-caller. Thomas said Jones played “amazing” on Sunday. “Made every play we asked him to make. Didn’t turn over the ball. When there was nothing open downfield, he scrambled and made plays. He was great for us,” Thomas said of Jones following the Wild Card win (ESPN).
The New York Giants will travel this weekend to face the Philadelphia Eagles on the road Saturday night. Daniel Jones will need to be “elite” once again if he wants to lead his team to victory over the NFC’s first-seed. If Jones can pull off the upset win for the Giants, it will no longer just be his teammates calling him elite, but the rest of the league, too.