In the offseason, the New York Giants had the opportunity to pick up the fifth-year option for their quarterback Daniel Jones, but the team decided against it, and now Jones can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
After eight games, Jones is playing some decent football for the Giants. First, he has this team off to a very surprising 6-2 start. Next, Jones has thrown for 1399 yards and six touchdowns. Also, he’s getting it done on the ground with 363 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Finally, the thing that has plagued Jones in his career, the turnovers, has been limited this season. He has thrown only two interceptions and lost only two fumbles.
During the bye week, Giants GM Joe Schoen said that he might discuss contracts with some players, but according to Jones, he was not one of them.
In addition, the fourth-year quarterback says he has yet to speak much to his agent about a new deal.
“I’m focused on playing the best I can, and that’s kind of been my outlook the whole time,” Jones said Tuesday. “I play the best I can and let the other stuff work itself out.”
When asked if he had more to prove, the 25-year-old Jones said the following;
“I think there’s always more to do. I think just for me. Personally, I think I have expectations of myself and goals for myself to continue to improve week to week. How that’s seen by other people is really out of my control. So, for myself and personally, I want to improve every week and continue to put this team in a position to win games.”
Look, Jones has been solid this season. He is doing it with both his arm and legs, but he’s not Schoen or Brian Daboll’s guy, and while Jones has been solid, he has benefitted from a great running game and an opportunistic defense, but his receivers have been very average.
The Giants will probably make the playoffs unless they fall off a cliff. However, New York still has to upgrade the quarterback position. Again, Jones is solid, but New York can do better.