New York Giants: What Kind of Year Will Daniel Jones Have?

We are wondering when football is going to be played this season. The season hopes to start on time on Thursday, September 10 and the regular season’s first Sunday will be on September 13. Daniel Jones is potentially ready to pop in his second season as the full-time starting quarterback for the New York Giants.

In the last two seasons, a second-year quarterback has won the MVP Award. Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens won it last season and Patrick Mahomes won it the season before.

The other second-year quarterbacks other than Daniel Jones are Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals, Drew Lock of the Denver Broncos, Dwayne Haskins of the Washington Redskins, Gardner Minshew II of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Jarrett Stidham of the New England Patriots.

Jones is the heartbeat of this New York Giants football team, along with Saquon Barkley. Daniel Jones was the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Learning Curve

Jones is going to have to learn a new playbook in his second season because the Giants switched coaches. Pat Shurmur was the head coach last season. This season, Joe Judge is the new head coach and Jason Garrett is the new offensive coordinator. General Manager Dave Gettleman was the one that drafted him and if they do poorly this season, Gettleman could potentially be out of a job.

Daniel Jones took over for Eli Manning after the second game last season. Manning retired in the offseason.

Shurmur is now the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos under Vic Fangio. As for Garrett, this is the kind of new offense Daniel Jones will have to learn.

He asked Tony Romo about it for some advice as well. What’s funny is that even though the Dallas Cowboys missed the playoffs last season, they had the number one ranked offense so maybe that will be a good sign for the New York Giants.

If Jones could improve on his fumbling issues and pocket awareness, he could pop in his second season and lead this team to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 regular season and the 2017 postseason.

They lost to the Green Bay Packers that year and have been one of the worst teams in the NFL since.

As a rookie last season in 12 games started, Jones went 3-9. He completed 284 out of 459 passes for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Daniel Jones also rushed for 279 yards on 45 carries and two touchdowns.

On the Rise

Jones has the potential to throw for 4,500 yards this season if the offensive line gels and if his receivers in Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram, and Saquon Barkley get it together.

It could potentially be a very dangerous offense, but the defense could be bad again this season under new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. It may be possible that Daniel Jones is playing catch up a lot this season.

I think he could complete between 65-68 percent of his passes this season for somewhere between 4,200-4,500 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Hopefully, he loses no more than five fumbles. If he posts those kinds of numbers this season, they will be alright and potentially make it to the playoffs.

I don’t think they will be better than the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, but I think they can be better than the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins as long as Daniel Jones plays well and is smart about what he is doing with one extra wild card team now in the NFC.

What kind of year do you think Daniel Jones will have? Leave a comment below.

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