Keep Or Replace Daniel Jones As Giants’ Quarterback?

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has been in the NFL since the 2019 NFL season and is going into his 4th season as a Giants quarterback. The Giants invested in Daniel Jones with the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and was placed as the successor to former Giants quarterback Eli Manning. It is safe to say that his NFL career has been rocky at best so far.

After another disappointing season in 2021, Giants fans are wondering if it is time to move on from Daniel Jones as their starting quarterback. In three seasons for Daniel Jones, he has not shown the promise that a former No.6 overall pick should be showing.

Giants’ Benefits Of Standing Pat

Daniel Jones has not had a fair chance of succeeding in the NFL yet. His first two head coaches were Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge. Both of those coaches are not good NFL head coaches and they should not be coaches that are developing young quarterbacks. With Brian Daboll now as their head coach, Daniel Jones now has a quarterback whisperer beside him. Brian Daboll successfully developed Josh Allen, an athletic quarterback, into a superstar quarterback, so Daniel Jones should be able to at least improve now as a player. Daniel Jones’ skillset involves being an athletic quarterback himself, which should work wonders for him if he is actually good.

Giants’ Benefits Of Moving On

It typically takes three years for young quarterbacks to show what they are as quarterbacks in the NFL. Based on that standard, Daniel Jones has shown that he is not starting quarterback material. In fact, he has shown to be closer to the level of Sam Darnold, which is not good at all. The Jets after three seasons moved on from Sam Darnold for three draft picks. If the Giants were to move on from Daniel Jones, then he could net a similar package in return. The Giants also have two first-rounders to work within the 2022 NFL Draft.

Daniel Jones’ rookie contract is also running out as he only has one year left on it. The Giants technically could pick up the fifth-year option for Daniel Jones, although that would be a massive risk to take since Daniel Jones has not actually produced to the level of a mid-tier starting quarterback yet. The QB class in the 2022 NFL Draft may not be stacked with talent, but it might be better for all parties to just start over and start fresh.

Conclusion

Daniel Jones has a lot to prove entering Year 4 for the Giants. He has no more excuses; Brian Daboll is in place instead of Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge. The Giants should build around Daniel Jones and not draft a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, they should find themselves a better backup quarterback. The Giants should sign Mitchell Trubisky via free agency to make Daniel Jones compete for the starting job. Brian Daboll has familiarity with Mitchell Trubisky and Daniel Jones needs to be pushed in order to see if he is truly a starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL. Therefore, the Giants should keep Daniel Jones as their starting quarterback, although they need to add competition in their quarterback room.

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