Where QB Daniel Jones improved in year two and where he can still improve
If anyone was wondering, no, New York Giants head coach Joe Judge, who has been a strong supporter of quarterback Daniel Jones throughout last season and into the offseason, hasn’t changed. ‘opinion on having the 24-year-old.
And yes, Judge has been consistent with his insistence that Jones has matured both as a player and as a person with each passing day.
âI am proud of the way he works every day,â Judge said last week. âThis guy comes in to work every day and whatever phase he’s in – if he’s in the weight room, he heals himself on the pitch, he throws in with his teammates, he organizes things outside of this building – the guy always has a plan for how he’s going to tackle things. “
But where the Giants’ brass have given way to interpretation, which is why, from a football standpoint, they remain so optimistic about the former Duke star.
Jones’ stats from Year 1 to Year 2 suggest there hasn’t been much improvement and that in specific categories such as touchdowns there has been regression.
Tony Racioppi, volunteer advisor at Manning Passing Academy, and former NCAA quarterback now with TEST Football Academy in Martinsville, NJ trained quarterbacks from high school to the NFL.
Racioppi said Jones’ growth was indeed very present, but beyond the stats.
âI think a lot of times young quarterbacks do two things,â Racioppi said in an interview with the LockedOn Giants podcast.
âNumber one, they’re staring at the number one catcher in the progression because plays are meant for this guy to get the ball first. So they just like they stare at him, they make a double hitch, they hold the ball. I think you saw less of that as the season went on.
âNumber two, young quarterbacks sort of pick a guy over a game. For example, Sterling Shepherd could be option three on the game, but Sterling Shepherd is a really good player. So you sort of like, ‘D ‘Okay, I’m not going to look at (options) one and two; I’m just going to look at three.’ ‘
âSo sometimes they’ve chosen guys instead of trusting their eyes, trusting their feet, and trusting the way the concept of the game is put together. So I’ve seen less of the two over and over. of the season.”
The Giants, in trying to help Jones get that kind of Josh Allen jump from second to third year, have invested heavily in playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. They added receivers Kenny Golladay and John Ross and tight end Kyle Rudolph in free agency. They also drafted wide receiver Kadarius Toney and recovered running back Saquon Barkley from a torn ACL.
As for the offensive line, the Giants believe the unit, which struggled to grow last year, will be much more improved this year.
In other words, all the excuses Jones could have relied on last year no longer exist. But while Jones knows he has to do his part, he’s also trying to keep things in perspective.
“It’s up to the 11 guys to do their job every game,” he said when asked if the extra firepower added to the offense put him under more pressure.
“This is how we’re going to make big plays, is everyone doing their job. It’s not about one person more than the other.”
While Jones is right in that it takes all 11 guys on offense, at some point as the leader of that attack and being the guy where every offensive game begins, Jones is going to have to rise above his teammates to ensure they are in the best position to succeed.
“Absolutely,” Jones said when asked if a quarterback can elevate the level of talent around him. âYeah, the quarterback plays a big role – communicating, getting everyone on the same page, getting the ball where it needs to be as quickly and precisely as possible. I think that’s a big part. of the equation. “
Racioppi believes Jones’s progress in third year won’t necessarily be measured as much by his stat line as it is by whether the quarterback, who has two winning records under his belt (both in 2019) in 27 games. played, can transport the team across the finish line.
âYou get the offense under control most of the time, you know, kinda ‘stable Eddie’,â Racioppi said.
âThe next jump is to win the game – let’s put the ball in your hands. You know we’ve lost two scores six minutes from the end and we’re going to throw the ball with every snap – can you go and win the game for us ? ”
The full interview with Tony Racioppi, who also talks about what offensive coordinator Jason Garrett could do, offensive line effect and more, is below.
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