For New York Giants QB Daniel Jones, 2021 will provide an opportunity to prove that he can be the team’s franchise quarterback. In his first two seasons as the Giants starting quarterback, Jones has had some good moments and some not-so-good moments.
In 26 games as a starter, Jones has thrown 35 touchdown passes, but he has 22 interceptions and 17 lost fumbles, so after two seasons, the Giants probably don’t know what they have in Jones.
As he enters his third training camp, Jones feels some pressure, but he believes that’s a good thing.
“Yeah, I think at this level, and in this job, we’re all expected to perform and play at a high level every day, and that starts today,” he said. “I certainly feel that. I think everyone on the team does, and I think that’s healthy; I think that’s the way it should be, and I know we’re excited for the opportunity.”
The 24-year-old Jones should benefit from working in OC Jason Garrett’s system for the second straight season, and he will have some new weapons to throw to in Kenny Golladay and rookie Kadarius Toney. Being with Garrett and head coach Joe Judge should benefit Jones, and he discussed that on Tuesday.
“I think it’s valuable,” he said. “I think it’s valuable for all of us. I think it’s the second year in the system under Coach Garrett and [Head] Coach [Joe] Judge. A lot of us are back and, like I said, have developed chemistry and know how to communicate with one another, but kind of the same theme, to start over and take it day by day, to start with step one and make sure we’re going about it the right way. We’ve got several new guys and had some time to get to know them during the spring and in the summer, and we’ll continue to go from there, but definitely helps to be back with Coach Garrett, Coach Judge, and a lot of the same guys.”
It’s a make-or-break year for Jones. If he struggles, the Giants will probably have to look in a different direction at the quarterback position, so the pressure is on Jones to perform at a high level this season, especially if he wants to stay the starting quarterback of the New York Giants going forward.