An Unexpected Decision
In the 2019 NFL Draft, Dave Gettleman and the New York Giants Organization made a very important decision regarding the team’s future success. After a disappointing 5-11 season, the Giants held the 6th overall selection on April 25th, 2019. There was plenty of young talent to choose from, but unbeknownst to multiple fans worldwide, The Giants took a gamble on their hopeful, young quarterback, Daniel Jones.
In the rookie season of the former Duke quarterback’s career, Eli Manning was the starter, but later benched. Jones started in 12 games in his rookie season. He scored a 61.9 CMP%, for 3,027 YDS, 24 TDS, and 24 overall turnovers, finishing at a 4-12 record. It is expected that young throwers develop as they gain more experience on the professional level. The transition from collegiate to professional play is considered exceedingly difficult. Jones’ skill set, however, was still questioned upon by the sports world.
Sophomore Season Struggles
After Daniel Jones was pressured heavily by opposing pass rush, was sacked almost 40 times in the 2019-2020 season. The Giants front office took Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas with the 4th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. In hopes to protect their young quarterback, New York supposedly gains a reliable blindside for Jones. With more weapons, and protection, it is possible Daniel Jones can play up to the potential the Giants organization had planned for.
Throughout the 2020-21 NFL season, The New York Giants, and the rest of the league, was flooded with player injuries. Key injuries that particularly hurt the Giants included: S. Barkley RB, L. Carter LB, and D. Shelton DL. Without the talented run game in Saquon Barkley, who recorded an impressive 2,344 YDS and 17 TDS in his 3 year continuing career, Daniel Jones was relied on even more in his sophomore season in the NFL. With 14 games started, and a competitive NFC East division, Daniel Jones has another disappointing season. The Giants quarterback finished with 2,943 YDS, 11 TDS, and 18 turnovers, underperforming compared to his previous season. Jones was also sacked over 40 times during the season, meaning his protection had arguably no improvement. With an even more upsetting season, Daniel Jones is moving farther onto the hot seat.
The 2021 offseason for the New York Giants has been nothing but strong, and successful. In Free Agency, former Detroit Lions star receiver, Kenny Golladay, signed a 4 year, $72 million dollar contract with the team. A wide receiver was debatably the organization’s biggest need. This especially when their young quarterback is not getting the support he needs to succeed. After the Tennessee Titans released Adoree’ Jackson, The Giants found an opportunity to fortify their already solid secondary, with a 3 year, 39 million dollar deal.
As the 2021 draft started, the Giants were left with the 11th overall selection, the first time picking out of the top 10 since 2017. In the first round, the Chicago Bears had their eyes set on former Ohio State dual-threat quarterback, Justin Fields. With the Bears desperation, they trade up with the Giants. In this deal, The Giants received the 20th selection, as well as the 164th pick, a 2022 first-round pick, and fourth-round pick. With the 20th pick, the New York Giants select a pass-catcher, Kadarius Toney out of Florida. This pick thus bolstering the receiver room for Daniel Jones.
Now with multiple large contracts, like the signing of Kenny Golladay, potentially high impact playmakers drafted in Kadarius Toney and Azeez Ojuari, and draft capita taken in from multiple trade downs in the draft, Dave Gettleman and the New York Giants front office is testing Daniel Jones future with the team. With the large amount of draft capita, the Giants have put themselves into a good situation for the future. They can use this advantage to either trade up, or stay put and draft their next quarterback. Although, if Daniel Jones makes the most of his situation, and truly performs to the level he is expected, the Giants are given a large amount of flexibility.
Daniel Jones is on the clock, and the time is ticking for his stay in New York. The question is, whether his time with the Giants is prolonged by success, or cut short by failure.