Shurmur to Giants fans who think Jones should be the starter: ‘Slow your roll’

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.

 

Giants’ Jones on preseason debut: ‘I’m excited, I’m looking forward to getting out there’

New York Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones is looking forward to Thursday night, which will be his first opportunity to get a taste of NFL action as the Giants battle the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

At this point, Jones, 22, is unsure how much he will play, but no matter how much he plays, the number sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft is looking forward to getting onto the field.

Today, Jones addressed the media and discussed training camp, his debut, Eli Manning, and more:

Q: What is your feeling going into Thursday night? Excited? Nervous? What?

Jones: I’m excited. I think it’ll be a whole lot of fun to just run out there for the first time and kind of be part of the scene, be part of an NFL football game. So, I’m excited, I’m looking forward to getting out there.

Q: Do you have any sense at all from the coaches how much and when you will play?

Jones: I’m not really sure. I think we’ll all play some, but as far as the plan, I’m not sure.

Q: What are you expecting to be different once you get into game action?

Jones: Well, the defense will be different, for one. Going against different looks will be a big thing. I expect it’ll be faster to some extent, just a live game, but I’m excited just to be back playing football again.

Q: Do you feel that you’re as equipped as you could be to play in this first preseason game?

Jones: Yes, I think so. I think as a group on offense, I think we’ve had a good last couple weeks. I think as a unit, we’re ready for it. So, like I said, it’ll be different, it’ll be different looks, it’ll be maybe a little faster, but I think we’re in a good spot as a group, and I feel prepared for Thursday night.

Q: What have you heard and seen about Gregg Williams’ defense? Obviously, there’s a reputation—what are your impressions of what they do?

Jones: Well, I think they play really hard. Something you notice is how aggressive they are and how hard they play, but it’ll be different from what we’ve seen in practice in terms of their just kind of base looks, their base coverages and pressures. All that will be different, so I’ve just been trying to familiarize myself with those different looks and how they attack an offense. I’ve been trying to do that these past couple days, trying to prepare as best I can.

Q: Are you looking forward to that first hit, or would you rather not?

Jones: Yes, I think a little bit. I think you kind of look forward to—it kind of gets you going, kind of back in the live action football. It’ll be exciting.

Q: It doesn’t need to be too big though?

Jones: Yes, it doesn’t need to be too big. No, that’s part of the game, I’m looking forward to getting in there.

Q: Who’s coming, family or friends (inaudible)?

Jones: I’ve got some family members coming out, my immediate family and some cousins. It’ll be fun, I’m looking forward to it.

Q: Daniel, regardless of the number of snaps that you play, when the night’s over and you look back and say, “I got this done,” what is that list you that you want to accomplish in your first preseason game?

Jones: I think first and foremost it’s to score points, move the offense down the field and score points. So, I think that’s always the goal, but in that, it’s executing consistently, keeping the ball moving forward, not hurting ourselves, and executing what we have on offense. So, doing that, taking care of the ball, I think all those things, but if we’re scoring points, if we’re moving the ball, I think we’ll feel good about what we did.

Q: Daniel, you’re two days away from your first NFL action. What has Eli said to you about what to expect?

Jones: I think right now just focusing on the preparation of it and making sure that I’m as prepared as I can possibly be. I think, like I said, we’ve had a good last couple weeks of practice, but now the preparation kind of shifts more specifically to the Jets and just trying to prepare for that, so that when I do get out there Thursday night, I’m ready to go.

Q: Will you take a moment to sort of walk around the field to kind of say, “This is pretty cool?”

Jones: Yes, I think I will. First time walking out there, whether that’s warm-ups or before the game, I think I will take a moment and look around, and I’m excited for that.

Q: What does it mean to kind of get to that spot, once your whole life (inaudible)?

Jones: I think that it’ll be a short moment, but for the most part, I think I’ve realized—just being here you realize that a little bit, and when we get out there Thursday night, I’ll have a moment to do that, but you realize you’re playing a game pretty shortly, so I don’t know if you have a whole lot of time to do that.

Q: What are you expecting from MetLife Stadium? You haven’t really been there and that kind of environment.

Jones: I haven’t. I haven’t stepped on the field yet, so I think just getting in there and looking around will be cool. Hopefully the fans will be excited to be there, and hopefully we can play well.

Q: What areas did you grow in the most so far in camp?

Jones: I think a lot of it has to do with understanding what the defense is trying to do to you, and understanding whether that’s in protections, or kind of your progressions in the pass game. I think all that stuff, understanding what the defense is trying to do to you and recognizing that as quickly as you can so you can get in and out of your protections and get into your reads quickly.

Q: Is it slowing down for you a little bit since day one?

jones: Yes, I think it has. I’ve said it’s still pretty early on in my progression—I realize that, I realize there’s still a lot to learn, but I do feel like it’s slowed down. I’ve gotten better at recognizing a lot of different things.

Q: Is there a fine line between trying to make an impression trying to make a throw and throwing an interception?

Jones: I think so, yes. I think certainly you want to be aggressive, you want to take advantage of the opportunities they give us, but I think part of playing quarterback, part of being the decision maker is understanding when those chances aren’t there. So, I think coaches will be looking for that as well, I think that’s important to remember in an opportunity like this.

Q: How valuable do you think it will be to get the opportunity to play behind the ones a little bit, the starting offensive line and the starting receivers out there?

Jones: I think it’ll be valuable, I think—over these last few weeks, I think we’ve built chemistry kind of across the board with everyone, whether you’re throwing in routes or seven-on, or whatever it is. So, I’m confident in all the guys, and I think it’ll be good.

Q: Daniel, as you get closer to game time, what kind of emotions are going on inside? Are you excited? Are you nervous? Are you intense about it?

Jones: I think I’ll be excited, first and foremost. Just to get out there and put on the uniform and run around on the field, I think, will be exciting. Just trying to focus and kind of lock in on what we have to do as an offense or what the game plan is, but just trying to get focused.

Giants sign QB Daniel Jones

The first player the Giants drafted in April tonight became the final member of the team’s 10-player draft class to sign his rookie contract.

Daniel Jones, the quarterback from Duke selected sixth overall, is now eligible to participate in the first training camp practice on Tuesday.

Jones, 6-5 and 220 pounds, joins 15-year starter Eli Manning, veteran Alex Tanney and second-year pro Kyle Lauletta to form the Giants’ quarterback quartet at the start of camp. The rookies and selected young veterans will practice Tuesday morning, the rest of the vets report Wednesday and the first full-squad practice is Thursday.

Jones started all 36 games in which he played at Duke from 2016-18. He was a team captain in 2017-18 and a two-time recipient of the Carmen Falcone Award as Duke’s Most Valuable Player (2016 & 2018)

His career totals included 764 completions on 1,275 passes (60%) for 8,201 yards, 52 touchdowns, and 29 interceptions. He also had 406 rushing attempts for 1,323 yards (3.3-yard avg.) and 17 touchdowns. Jones compiled 9,524 yards of total offense and averaged 227.8 passing yards per game.

Courtesy: NY Giants

Giants’ Jones on the possibility of Zion Williamson coming to NY: ‘That would be a cool deal’

The NBA Draft Lottery is May 14, and at this point, teams are salivating at the opportunity to take former Duke star, Zion Williamson, and based on what we have seen during his time at Duke, Williamson has the potential to be the next big thing.

The Knicks, Suns, and Cavaliers have the best opportunity to get Williamson. All three teams have a 14% chance to get the number one overall pick. Wherever he goes, Williamson is going to be box office. He easily was the most popular player in college basketball last season.

One guy who would love for Williamson to go to New York is the newest Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who played his college ball at Duke and was the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

“I have gotten to know him a little bit,” Jones said on Friday after Giants Rookie Minicamp. “We talked a little bit about that actually this week. That would be a cool deal. We will see what happens. He is a special guy.”

If Williamson goes to the Knicks, man, that would give that city and franchise a big boost, and quite frankly, it’s probably good for the NBA. I always believe that the Knicks being right is great for the NBA, and Williamson to New York could help the Knicks become relevant again. Plus, if all goes well, Jones and Williamson could be the new faces of New York City sports, which would be a great thing for fans in the “Big Apple.”

Giants’ Jones: ‘I’m certainly thrilled to be in New York’

The New York Giants may have found their quarterback of the future, at least that’s the plan. With the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Giants selected QB Daniel Jones out of Duke.

After the selection, Jones addressed the media.

Here is what he had to say:

Q:  Is this beyond your wildest expectations to go to the Giants?

A: Yes, I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations going into tonight. I was just excited to be here, and however it worked out I was going to be thrilled. I’m certainly thrilled to be in New York and I can’t wait to get started.

Q: What do you think you did to impress the Giants?

A: I think I was confident in myself and showed the best version of myself throughout the process. The process is a long one where you are going to be tested in a number of ways. I think more than anything, I stayed confident in myself and stayed true to that.

Q: What is your relationship like with Eli Manning?

A: He’s been up at Duke a couple times to throw with his guys and workout so I have gotten to see him then. I have been down to the Manning (Passing Academy) camp a couple times, so I got to know him through those two things.

Q: I know you’ve been busy so far, have you heard from him tonight?

A: No sir.

Q: When did you know you were the Giants pick?

A: When they called me, 20 or 30 minutes ago.

Q: Did you have any inkling from your meetings with them that they liked you at (pick) six?

A: I thought they went well, and I certainly feel like I connected with them. I certainly liked them a whole lot, I wasn’t sure how it would work out. The draft is a tough thing to predict, I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations. I thought the meetings went well, I thought we connected and that certainly made me confident. Like I said I didn’t have any expectations or any idea what would happen.

Q: How do you feel about the possibility of sitting for a season behind Eli?

A: I think it’s a tremendous opportunity to learn for a young quarterback. He is a guy that’s had a whole lot of success in the NFL and there is a reason for that. I’m looking to understand that and do my best to learn as much as I can from him while he’s in New York.

Q: How do you feel being viewed as his successor?

A: I’m going to be myself and not try to be Eli or be anything but myself. I think staying confident in that and staying confident in who I am is what’s going to be key to that process.

Q: What was your interaction like with the head coach when you met him?

A: I thought it was great. I think we connected and he is certainly someone who I have a lot of respect for and he’s been a really good coach in the NFL for a long time. So getting to know him and being able to interact with him through this process was great and I thought it went well.

Q: For those of us who haven’t seen you, what do you do well?

A: I think physically, I can make every throw on the field. My accuracy is certainly I feel a strength of mine, and I think I have the athleticism to extend plays and play outside the pocket if I need to. So physically I think I can do both those things well.

Q: What can you get better at?

A: I think I can get better at times making that decision to lay the ball off or throw it away. Coach Cut (David Cutcliffe) at Duke said understanding when to stop competing, understanding when a play is over with. I think I can do better with that.

Q: How much did Coach Cutcliffe talk about the Manning brothers over the years?
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A: Yeah, we certainly did watch a whole lot. It was cool going to Duke and being with Coach Cut and being able to hear those stories from when Eli and Peyton were in similar positions to me. Whether it was my first year there, second year, whenever it was just hearing those stories and being able to learn from some of those experiences was an awesome perspective for me and certainly a great situation.

Q: The Giants wanted a quarterback that has faced adversity before. What adversity have you faced?

A: If you look back at my recruitment, I came to Duke as a walk-on, a guy who wasn’t recruited very heavily and I think that was part of it. Not being immediately obvious that I would play college football somewhere or at the level I thought I could, but it worked out and Coach Cut gave me the opportunity to walk-on and I eventually earned a scholarship, but I had to overcome it and I’m glad it went the way it went and I wouldn’t do it any other way