How the New York Giants are using Daniel Jones’ injury to their advantage

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Nov 29, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is injured during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

There is a clear difference between New York Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Colt McCoy, notably the former’s ability to run and escape the pocket with fresh legs.

McCoy, who is 34 years old, has spent 10 years in the NFL and is preparing to make his first start of this career for the Giants after Jones suffered a hamstring injury last weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals.

However, the Giants have kept news vague regarding Jones’ injury, allowing short clips from the media from a distance. Daniel was seen doing some light speed drills and is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday against the Seahawks.

Nonetheless, the Giants have not ruled him out, and the reasoning behind it is to keep Seattle guessing and preparing for two quarterbacks. This ultimately forces the coaches to work harder, and it is possible they miss a small detail the Giants can take advantage of and week 13.

They say football is a game of inches, and Joe Judge takes that to heart. He focuses on the details and fundamentals, and with his perfectionist approach, we can expect him to find a small inkling of hope against Seattle, who has one of the best offenses in the NFL.

With that being said, walking away with a victory is going to be difficult with McCoy under center.

Head coach Joe Judge remains confident that backup Colt McCoy can get the job done:

“He’s done a tremendous job all year,” coach Joe Judge said. “Now while he may have had limited reps in certain weeks, he’s done a great job of doing everything he can to get himself mentally and physically ready, whether that’s playing against our defense giving the other team’s look, or whether that’s standing behind Daniel as he runs plays and getting the mental reps of declaring who the mike is, getting his dropback behind the scenes and a lot of things you can’t really see without being at practice. But every player for us we have confidence in. We expect anyone who’s at the game to give us production and perform at the level to help us have success.”

The New York Giants have enjoyed Jones’ development:

Prior to Daniel Jones going down, he had enjoyed three consecutive weeks without turning the ball over. This is the longest streak in his entire career and the first time he’s ever won three consecutive games in the NFL.
So far this season, he has 228 completed passes for 2335 yards, eight touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He also has 403 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown, fumbling the ball seven times, 11 times fewer than his 2019 total in a similar time frame.