New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones made his NFL debut on Thursday night against the Jets at MetLife Stadium, and he did not disappoint. Jones played one series and was impressive as he went 5-5 for 67 yards and punctuated the drive was a 12-yard touchdown pass to WR Bennie Fowler.
“Yeah, I thought it went well,” Jones said after the game. “It was good to move the ball down the field and score, so as far as expectations, I didn’t really know what to expect. I just wanted to play well and glad we were able to move the ball and execute.”
Giants fans may not have been happy when the sixth overall pick’s name was called on draft night, but they were delighted tonight, and so was Giants head coach Pat Shurmur.
“He got all completions, and he got us in the endzone,” Shurmur said. “That was a very effective drive. He did a good job. He had a couple of mistakes in there that we’ll clean up. I guess to the naked eye it was a good job.
While Shurmur was pleased with Jones’ performance, he did make it clear that it is only one game, and he had a message for any Giants fan who believes that Jones should be the Week 1 starter after this performance.
“I think, ‘Slow your roll.’ This is just his first go around,” Shurmur said. “I think he did a good job. As I mentioned, all along, he has done nothing to disappoint us, and certainly when you take the team down the field and score a touchdown—that’s a good start. It’s something good to build on. We have a lot of time left before we start playing games. Nothing at this point has changed.”
It is only one game, but the Giants have to be happy with what they saw out of Jones in Week 1 of the preseason. Hopefully, he builds on this performance next week against the Bears.