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Is there concern for Daniel Jones with the New York Giants?

by Michael Hanich | August 1, 2022 at 8:40 a.m.

The New York Giants are among the 32 NFL teams entering their second full week of the 2022 Training Camp process. The Giants enter their fourth head coach since the 2016 NFL season under former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Mike Daboll.

They acquired some high-caliber talent on both sides of the field in the 2022 NFL Draft and free agency. Running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Kadarius Toney look to be 100% in Training Camp. The biggest outlier for the Giants going into the season is the success of fourth-year quarterback Daniel Jones, who is set to become a free agent after the end of this season.

Jones played more inefficient than efficient performances in three years with the Giants. In three seasons with the Giants, Jones has completed 796-of-1,268 yards, 45 touchdowns, 29 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 84.3. The Giants drafted Jones with the first round (sixth overall pick) in the 2019 NFL Draft to be their franchise when their aged quarterback Eli Manning retires.

The biggest concern with Jones is that he has been declining since his freshman year. He threw for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns and a QBR of 55.7 in 2019. This past season, he threw for 2,428 yards, only ten touchdowns and a QBR of 41.5. He was placed on IR after suffering a neck injury in Week 12. During the off-season, the Giants declined the fifth-year option on Jones' contract.

Once considered the heir apparent to the Giants after Eli Manning retired, Jones has to play to keep his job as the starting quarterback. Jones is not the full problem that the Giants in their three years, but he has accounted for an overall record of 12-25 as the starting quarterback.

Jones has seen some up-and-down performances in the Giants' Training Camp. One day, he went 17-of-21 of his passes for two touchdowns and an interception in an 11-on-11 team setting. There was another day when the offense could not get a consistent drive with the defense, creating constant pressure in the backfield.

If Jones has a good first season under coach Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, the Giants are confident they can have Jones sign a new deal or, at least, use a franchise tag. The offense is bound to get better after ranking 31st in the league in points per game (15.2) and 31st in passing yards per game (188).

While the Giants are confident Jones can become the legitimate franchise quarterback they drafted him to be, there are looking into other options. On July 22, BetOnline put the Giants as the betting favorites at +200 to be the next team for 30-year-old San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is currently under contract for $26.9 million this season. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent next off-season. The 49ers have granted Garoppolo and his agent to seek a trade for another team after the 49ers declared Trey Lance III as the next starting quarterback.

The Giants trading for Garopplo could save an early NFL Draft pick and address other position needs on their team. Regardless, if they are creating scenarios to get a new franchise quarterback, it means they are warming up to the idea of moving on from Jones. It will take a great Training Camp to show Jones is a leader and a consistent season to show he can be a franchise quarterback for the Giants.

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