New York Giants: Daniel Jones has the best qualities of each Manning

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants found their next Manning in Daniel Jones:

At first glance, New York Giants rookie passer Daniel Jones looks eerily similar to Eli and Peyton Manning. The way he stands and speaks mimics the perennial image of the Giants in Eli. Even the way he grimaces after a bad throw is comparable.

However, Jones has no relation to the Manning’s, yet his footwork and fundamentals all look similar. That is because he shares the same fundamentals coach’s as Eli and Peyton, in Duke head coach David Cutcliffe.

In Jones’ first preseason game against the New York Jets, he marched down the field with five completions on five attempts for 67 yards and a score. A beautiful pass to the back corner of the end zone finished Daniel’s night. Bennie Fowler caught the pass, and the football that sailed through the air over two defenders became a moment of history.

The similarities he shares with both Manning brothers provides optimism for the future. If he can replicate their production and fundamentals, he will be in a perfect place. Both brothers have won two Super Bowl’s and will be in the Hall of Fame at the end of the day.

After the game, Jones responded to reporters who asked him what the next step is in his development and progression. Will he look to snag the starting job and begin the succession process of Eli Manning early? Jones is only focused on how he can improve for when his time arrives.

“I think I’ll just continue to do what my job is, and that’s what I can to prepare myself and to improve as much as I can every day, so I trust the plan and I’m part of this team in trying to make sure we’re in the best position to win games this year,” Jones said.

Moving forward, Manning is expected to be the starting quarterback for the 2019 NFL season. He started the preseason game against the Jets with a three and out, missing Rhett Ellison on a wide-open play-action bootleg.

While this shouldn’t scare us away just yet, the excitement Jones provided is something we can harp on for at least the next week.

Head coach Pat Shurmur said, “Slow your roll,” In regards to reporters asking him if Daniel could be the starter this season.

Making sure he learns from this experience and understands the preparation required at the NFL level to succeed is essential, and that is what he will look to develop in his rookie season. If the Giants can manage with Eli under the helm, Jones will be in a great place in his sophomore campaign if the front office elects to move on from Manning.

At this point, Jones seems to have Peyton’s footwork, Eli’s risk-taking, and Archie Manning’s mobility. If he can reach his potential in each of those facets, he could be a fantastic quarterback for the future.

New York Giants: Why we should be confident in Daniel Jones

New York Giants rookie quarterback, Daniel Jones during voluntary OTAs.

Having the perfect blend of tangible and intangible trades is difficult to find, but the New York Giants might have found it in rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

Entering the NFL as the 6th overall pick and ranked below several passers including Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, and Drew Lock, there’s reason to believe he was overlooked due to the school he was coming from.

Duke, one of college football’s less talked about teams, produced Jones. He learned from legendary quarterbacks coach David Cutcliffe, the same man who helped refine Eli and Peyton Manning into the Super Bowl-winning passers they eventually became.

The New York Giants drafted another Manning…

Jones has a ton of similar qualities to the two Hall of Fame-caliber quarterbacks, in fact, it’s quite scary how comparable they really are.

The Giants’ top first-round selection not only mimics the Manning mechanics but his mannerisms and media reactions are identical. Being boring and reserved is not a bad thing in the NFL, it’s actually preferred, especially if you’re a quarterback in  New York.

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However, the intangibles traits aren’t the only impressive ones when it comes to Jones, his athletic ability is equally as impressive. I like to consider him a mobile Eli Manning — both are risk-willing passers that excel in the short-intermediate game. The benefit Jones has and will likely utilize is his mobility and speed.

Running a 4.81 40 yard-dash attests to his overall speed and ability to pick up extra yards with his legs and extend plays. Having that factor will help him tremendously at the NFL level — an ever progressing league that requires quarterbacks to run at times with a lack of offensive line quality present gives Jones an advantage.

I imagine this played a big part in the decision to pass on Haskins and select Jonnes 11 spots earlier. So far, I’ve been impressed at how Jones has looked during mini-camp and OTAs, showing improvement every day since his first. His confidence has been growing which has directly translated to better accuracy and efficiency.

Hopefully, this spills over into the pre-season where he can showcase his abilities in live-action.



New York Giants: Quarterbacks To Watch At The Senior Bowl

The New York Giants drafted

We know the Giants love to draft players from the senior bowl. Last year’s Senior Bowl MVP, quarterback Kyle Lauletta, was a 4th round selection for the Giants in 2018. In 2017, Giants’ third round pick Davis Webb was the Senior Bowl MVP. They also picked another Senior Bowl standout in the third round of the 2018 Draft: B.J. Hill.

With a history of drafting players who perform in the Senior Bowl, it would not be a surprise if the Giants look to draft another senior quarterback in 2019.

North Team Quarterbacks:

The two most notable quarterbacks on the Senior Bowl North Team roster are Drew Lock and Daniel Jones. They are both projected to be first or second round selections in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The two other quarterbacks are Ryan Finley and Trace McSorley. Neither of them have received first round buzz recently, but they could be mid-round selections that NFL teams will look to turn into developmental players. It is unlikely that the Giants will spend another mid-round pick on a quarterback in 2019, after taking one in 2018. The quarterbacks to watch out of Mobile in 2019 for the Giants are Lock and Jones.

Drew Lock is a senior out of Missouri. In his official Senior Bowl weigh-in, Lock was measured at 6′ 3″, 223 lbs., with a 33.5″ arm length and 9″ hands. On the first day of Senior Bowl practice, Lock excelled.

According to The Draft Network, he was the best of all the quarterbacks. Drew Lock was a statistically great quarterback in his junior and senior years at Missouri. As a junior, Lock threw 44 touchdown passes to 13 interceptions with 3,964 yards. This is certainly his best statistical season. However, Lock played a cleaner game as a senior. He reduced his interception total to only 8 and still added 28 touchdown passes.

Daniel Jones, the NFL prototype out of Duke, struggled in his first practice of the Senior Bowl. He weighed in at 220 lbs. to go along with his 6′ 5″ frame that scouts love. He also has big hands at 9 3/4″ with long 33 1/4″ arms.

Jones struggled with ball placement and timing even during on-air drills, consistently putting balls behind their receivers or forcing them to slow and wait on vertical patterns. Jones improved a little in the 1-on-1s, dropping in a nice corner route for his best throw of the day.

Daniel receives a lot of first round buzz due in part to his former coach. David Cutcliffe is a great quarterback coach who got multiple players ready for the NFL, including Eli Manning and Peyton Manning. Statistically, Daniel Jones will not blow you away. However, he has the prototypical body type and all the physical tools to succeed at the next level, plus the professional coaching.

Ryan Finley out of NC State used to be projected as one of the top quarterbacks in the 2019 draft class. However, after his senior year, he has slipped in prospect rankings. One red flag with Finley is his age. He is 24 years old. That makes him older than all of the first round quarterbacks in last year’s draft, and a year older than second-year pro Patrick Mahomes. However, Finley showed flashes of great play in college. With a great week at the Senior Bowl, Finley’s stock could rise again.

Trace McSorley is an undersized signal-caller from Penn State. He played in a run-heavy offense with Saquon Barkley in 2017. In 2018, McSorley actually threw even less passes for lower statistics. However, he is a dual-threat quarterback. McSorley ran in 11 touchdowns in 2017 and 12 in 2018. In 2018, he totaled an impressive 798 rushing yards. What scouts have seen from McSorley as a thrower is a small sample size. However, his rushing ability is enough to draw him some interest. Trace could use a big week in Mobile to move up the big boards.