New York Giants: One stat illustrates how bad NFC East QBs have been

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New York Giants, Daniel Jones
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

This isn’t a good year to be any one of the teams in the NFC East. The New York Giants have their own problems, but so does every other team in the division. And it looks like the team that eventually makes it out of the NFC East and into the playoffs will be one of the worst teams in history to pull off the accomplishment.

It’s not surprising, then, that a lot of this bad play starts with the position that’s widely considered the most important in football – quarterback. The QB play in this division just hasn’t been good. It’s been bad enough, in fact, that three out of the four passing leaders in the league are lagging behind a player that hasn’t played since week five.

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Dwayne Haskins, the fourth leading passer in the division, has found his way to the bench in Washington and rumors are swirling that he’ll end up traded. Daniel Jones of the Giants, on the other hand, is the team’s only starting option but is third on the list.

It’s not entirely Jones’ fault, however. One could argue that it’s not even mostly his fault. The tackle that the Giants selected to protect Jones on the left side hasn’t panned out, many passes have been dropped by receivers, and Jones overall has some of the worst protection in the league.

But even if it isn’t Jones’ fault entirely, it’s unclear what the Giants intend to do if they have a chance to restart their rebuild by taking Trevor Lawrence in the Draft. That’s still a hypothetical. And it depends on the team not repeating last year’s problem of winning too many meaningless games near the end of the year and falling in draft position.

The silver lining, though, is that no other team in the division is in a good spot quarterback wise either. The Giants aren’t exactly in a unique spot here, but it remains to be seen how each team intends on fixing their problems.