The New York Giants drafted quarterback Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to ensure they addressed the most important position on the field for the future. As Eli Manning’s illustrious career comes to a potential end, Jones will wait in the wings and soak in as much information as possible.
However, drafting Jones didn’t stop the Giants from bringing in another quarterback – Syracuse passer, Eric Dungey, was signed as an undrafted free agent, but he will play a different role for Big Blue.
Dungey could be utilized in a similar fashion to New Orleans’ Taysom Hill. The utility player for the Saints has played quarterback, tight end, and running back so far in his young career, and the Giants could be looking to mimic his usage.
Who is Eric Dungey and what does he bring to the New York Giants?
The Syracuse star was an underrated player entering the NFL. A solid foundation of abilities helped him set 25 school records, including career passing yards, total offense and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. His offensive production was stellar with the Orange, a team that relied on him to operate at a high level.
The Giants view him more as an athlete than a quarterback, which attests to their idea of moving him around the field, similar to a baseball player featuring at different spots, showing diversity.
Dungey commented on the movement, via North Jersey:
“Obviously it’s a little bit of a learning curve for me, coming from having played quarterback all my life,” said Dungey, 22. “But I’ve played sports my whole life, and I love to compete, so whatever I have to do, I’ll do it.”
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At 6-3, 220-pounds, Dungey isn’t the biggest player on the field by any means but can churn out yards after contact, that’s his most enticing attribute other than his arm. I anticipate the Giants using his running ability and agility in space to extract the most value. His injury history is something to keep an eye on, given his aggressive style of play.
Hopefully, they can help him find a role that will provide the team with an effective playmaker in specific situations.