At 0-2, the Giants couldn’t have looked worse.
A stale franchise was holding onto the aging yet iconic Eli Manning, but on a road to nowhere in 2019.
It was so refreshing to hear last Tuesday that the Giants were turning the reigns over to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.
The Giants weren’t a bad team just because of Eli Manning’s performance, but they certainly weren’t a team going anywhere in 2019.
I wanted to see how Daniel Jones in his first start in the NFL would handle the magnitude of the moment.
Well, he didn’t disappoint.
“Danny Dimes” had it all working in what will go down as one of the most successful rookie quarterback debuts in the history of the league.
Jones orchestrated an 18-point second-half comeback and scored the go-ahead touchdown on fourth down with the game on the line.
There was a sense of calm, poise and confidence that was extremely impressive from a rookie quarterback.
In his first game as Giants starter, Jones orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback with shades of his mentor Eli Manning at his very best.
The difference in Manning’s game compared to Jones is the element of athleticism.
There were easily four to five plays Jones made with his legs that simply couldn’t be made by Manning at this stage in his career.
That is not by any means an indictment of Manning or his career. He’s an all-time great Giant and a future Hall of Famer, but it’s the reality of the modern-day NFL.
In today’s NFL, some sort of mobility is a necessity for any quarterback, unless of course your last name is “Brady.”
Jones featured mobility, accuracy and poise while putting up an eye-popping stat line.
Jones combined to rush and throw for four touchdowns and had over 300 yards of passing.
For a debut it was picture perfect, but it won’t be picture perfect all year.
Saquon Barkley is going to miss some time with an ankle injury, and the Giants defense might be the worst in all of football.
And Daniel Jones will experience the same growing pains that nearly every quarterback must experience.
The Giants still will be a bad team in 2019, but there is a different feeling in the air.
Danny Dimes provides a sense of hope that better days are on the horizon for the New York Football Giants.
For a guy that was criticized on draft day by a good majority of fans, as well as this local radio host and columnist, Jones couldn’t have done a better job of shutting us all up.
A new chapter of Giants football has started with a bang. Now, let’s see what’s in store for the encore?
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