New York Giants: NFL.com QB index gives middling grade to Daniel Jones

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Oct 4, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have far from the worst quarterback in the league with Daniel Jones, but they could use a step up in performance this season. That take is shared by both the Giants fanbase and the national media, both of whom are eagerly waiting to see if Jones will make that step soon. For now, though, Jones is firmly in the camp of the players that aren’t the worst but aren’t near the best either.

He was ranked as the 24th best QB in the league out of every quarterback to start a game last season, in the NFL.com index for the year.

One of the most infuriating players in the entire league, Daniel Jones has proven in his short career that he can make every throw and almost any run. And yet, he turns the ball over (1.4 per game) like he’s going toe to toe with Jameis Winston. Can Jones make a Baker Mayfield-like leap in Year 3?

To the credit of Jones, some of his underperformance is because of the situation around him. The Giants brought in a new offensive coordinator last season and had to change up their plans immediately as Saquon Barkley went down early. Jones also suffered from having passes dropped, including one to Evan Engram that would have given the Giants an extra win and potentially a playoff spot.

Comparisons have been made between Jones and Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Allen has gotten better every year in the league and his team appeared in the AFC Championship this year. It looks like the Giants need a similar improvement to win with Jones, but it remains to be seen if they’ll get it and whether or not the rest of the offense will pick up around Jones too this year.