The New York Giants Offense Will Benefit Greatly From Daniel Jones’s Running Ability

Anthony Rivardo
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Oct 20, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones (17) runs with the ball during the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Cavaliers won 28-14. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants began their 2019 mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. The offense and defense both had solid performances on day one. Of course, all eyes are on the Giants’ 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Daniel Jones.

Daniel Jones is the next franchise quarterback for New York. He will succeed Eli Manning. Jones has been compared to Manning for his personality and passing ability. However, there is one facet of Daniel’s game that differs significantly from Eli’s: his running ability.

Daniel Jones Stats And Highlights As A Runner:

Daniel Jones turned heads at Tuesday’s practice with a long run off of the read-option. This is a play that the Giants’ offensive playbook has been limited from for years. The read-option is a relatively new play in the NFL, and it has been quite effective for many teams and elite quarterbacks (such as Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson).

However, being that Eli Manning is a 38-year-old quarterback with only 311 total rushing yards in his 16-year career, the Giants have been unable to add this play to their playbooks. This is changing for the Giants with the addition of Daniel Jones.

Jones is known as a pocket-passing quarterback who surveys the field and makes the right reads and passes. However, he is much more than just a pocket passer. Daniel Jones is an athletic quarterback with the ability to make plays with his legs as he did at Tuesday’s practice:

This play was welcomed by a huge reaction from Jones’s teammates and the audience. Seeing a New York Giants quarterback rip off a big run is a breath of fresh air for Giants Nation. This play should come as no surprise for those familiar with Daniel Jones’s play in college.

Jones was an excellent runner during his time at Duke. The quarterback totaled 17 rushing touchdowns in three years, along with 1,323 rushing yards.

Daniel is a threat to pick up yardage on the ground on every play. He averaged a respectable 3.3 yards per carry and scored off of several long rushing touchdowns in his collegiate career, such as this 61-yarder versus North Carolina:

Daniel Jones is an athletic quarterback who will completely change the Giants’ offense. He ran an unofficial 4.67 40-yard-dash time at his Pro Day. This type of speed at the quarterback position will open up Big Blue’s offense in ways we have never seen with Eli Manning at the helm.