The New York Giants find themselves in a peculiar situation with quarterback Daniel Jones. Having already rejected his fifth-year option, Jones has one season to prove his worth behind a rebuilt offensive line and the turnover of the coaching staff for a third time in his career.
Last season, Jones struggled considerably to put together a competent third year in the NFL. However, with multiple variables working against him, including poor playcalling and a myriad of injuries, he was only able to generate 10 touchdown passes.
Former offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, failed miserably to construct an offense that extrapolated on his player’s skill sets. After signing Kenny Golladay to a massive contract, the Giants barely got him involved in the offensive system.
Embarrassingly, left tackle Andrew Thomas had more touchdowns combined than Golladay and Kadarius Toney. That reality ultimately resulted in the firing of Joe Judge at the end of the season. But with Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka leading the offensive charge, things seem to be heading in the right direction.
Mike Garofolo spoke highly of Daniel Jones in the Giants’ new offensive system on Good Morning Football:
“I think he will thrive, I think he will ascend … I think he’s going to play better … I believe that Daniel Jones, under Brian Daboll, with a better offensive line, and a better situation this year, is going to cement his status as the Giants starter in 2023.”
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The New York Giants did as much as they could to help Jones:
The offensive line’s improvement should play a massive part in Jones’s growth this upcoming season. He has been standing behind one of the worst units in the league over the past three years, but with Evan Neal at RT, Mark Glowinski at RG, and Andrew Thomas locking it down at LT, there’s hope for improvement.
The Giants also added Wan’Dale Robinson out of Kentucky and Daniel Bellinger out of San Diego State. The rookie receiver and tight end should provide significant value on offense, specifically as a security blanket underneath with Bellinger and a superb athlete in Robinson who tallied over 1,300 yards in the SEC last season.
The problem is that Jones needs to have an extravagant 2022 campaign to justify a contract extension at the end of the season. He may succeed, but the odds are stacked against him.