New York Giants: Louis Riddick speaks on Daniel Jones turnover problem

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Sep 20, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

This season will be a big deal for the evaluation of New York Giants QB Daniel Jones. The team might have a new GM next year and one of the big questions will revolve around what Jones’ future with the franchise is. That means that even if the games later this year end up being meaningless, there’s still a huge incentive for Daniel Jones and other members of the offense to perform.

The takes about Jones vary greatly depending on who you talk to, but one of the main narratives is that the Giants have to wait and see. After all, the supporting cast around Jones isn’t a good one right now. The offensive line has blocked poorly all season and top weapon Saquon Barkley is out for the year, forcing more work onto Jones’ shoulders.

One person who supports the ‘wait and see’ narrative is Louis Riddick, who was considered himself for the General Manager position in the past. But instead, it went to Dave Gettleman and everyone is familiar on how the results have been from that.

Daniel Jones and the turnover problem

A problem that has plagued Jones specifically is turning the ball over. He’s done it almost as much as any other player in the league this season.

“If he doesn’t correct it and it becomes a bigger problem, then you go to the next phase of the evaluation: Is this his surroundings or is this who he is now? They are not at that point yet — and I don’t think anybody needs to be at that point until you get a more stable supporting cast, and you keep a coaching staff in place for more than one year,” Riddick told the New York Post.

“You can’t make sweeping decisions about what kind of player he is going to be because there are too many things around him that are uncertain,” Riddick continued on the subject. “The one thing he does need to cut down is turning over the football because then you have no shot of winning. If he keeps doing that, you are not going to win games. If you don’t win games, people look to replace you.”

Jones has 19 career interceptions and 20 career games with a number of fumbles too for added measure. His turnover problem has hardly been exaggerated by critics, and against a good defense like Tampa Bay, we’ll get a chance to see if Jones can take a step forward or if he’ll fall further backwards in that regard.