New York Giants: Daniel Jones listed as questionable for Arizona on Friday

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Oct 22, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) rolls out to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants managed one win without their starting quarterback when they took down the Seahawks in Seattle, but not many fans want them to try repeating the task of winning with a backup. Even though the Giants pulled out a win, it was clear they needed Daniel Jones for their passing attack to get back to what it could be. However, they may just have to put Colt McCoy in for at least one more game thanks to Jones still being questionable because of his hamstring injury.

Questionable is how he was listed on the Friday injury report for the Giants, and with only one day to practice left before the game, things aren’t looking so great on this front. A hamstring injury, of course, can have varying recovery times. Some players have bounced back from them very quickly and other times players have been taken out for months by them. It depends on the severity of the injury. With Jones, it was originally assumed he would only miss up to a week. But that may not have been an accurate prediction.

Giants show little indication that Jones will start

“Look, I’m fairly optimistic. At the same time, there is a ways to go and we have to be fair to him. I’m going to talk with the trainers and medical team and coaches to make sure we’re all on the same page and do the right thing by this guy,” Giants head coach Joe Judge said on Friday about the injury situation.

If they do have to start Colt McCoy, they’ll be putting in a player that went 13 for 22 with 105 yards, a single touchdown, and a single interception last Sunday. Despite McCoy’s best effort, it was largely the defense that won the game for the Giants.

It doesn’t look like the Giants are trying to rush Jones back as fast as possible, and are preserving his health instead. That’s despite the fact that, for the first time in years, these December games mean something for the team’s playoff hopes.

The Cardinals are a 6-6 team headed into this game, so it doesn’t appear the Giants are entirely out of it if they have to start McCoy once again. But unless the passing attack improves without Jones, all other areas of the team will have to have peak performance for the team to win.