The New York Giants are off to a 6-1 start, and a big reason for that great start is the play of quarterback Daniel Jones. On Sunday, in New York’s 23-17 win on the road against the Jaguars, Jones made it happen with both his legs and arm.
Jones threw for 202 yards and one touchdown, and he ran for a career-high 107 yards and another touchdown. In addition, with New York trailing 17-13 in the fourth, Jones led the Giants on a 10-play, 79-yard drive that ended with a one-yard run from the fourth-year quarterback.
According to NFL345, this marked the fifth time they came back to win this season after trailing in the second half. Additionally, they are the third team ever to win five-plus games when trailing in the second half through their first seven games of a season.
Giants head coach Brian Daboll is happy with Jones’ consistency.
“He’s really been consistent since we’ve had him in all these games,” Daboll said after the win. “Makes the right decision, throws to the right guy. He’s operating our offense the way we need him to operate our offense.”
Because Giants RB Saquon Barkley, who had 110 yards rushing on 24 carries, receives a lot of attention, Jones was able to rip off a few good runs, including the longest run of the day for New York of 24 yards. The Giants had 236 rushing yards on Sunday, which is their third-highest total this season.
“He(Barkley) attracts a lot of attention, rightfully so, and then some things opened up off of it,” Jones said. I thought the offensive line did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage throughout the game and cleared some opportunities for us to make plays.”
Jones is usually a very calm guy and rarely shows much emotion. However, we saw the emotional side of Jones when Giants wide receiver Marcus Johnson dropped a pass on fourth and two from the Jaguars’ three-yard line in the third quarter. Jones was noticeably upset about the drop, and according to Jones, he was disappointed by his reaction.
“[It was the] heat of the moment, and I wish I could have that situation back,” Jones said. “I pride myself on being composed in those situations. Yeah, I wasn’t there. I’ve got full faith and confidence in the world in [Giants WR] Marcus [Johnson], and yeah, [I’m] disappointed I let that happen.”
Again, New York finds a way. It hasn’t been pretty all year long, but as they say in the NFL, a win is a win. The Giants have won four straight. We keep waiting for New York to falter, but at some point, we all may have to say that Jones and the Giants are legit.