The New York Giants have named Jones, a rookie out of Duke, because the crew’s beginning quarterback for Sunday’s recreation towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
This will probably be his first profession begin. Shifting to the backup function is 38-year-old Eli Manning, the crew’s longtime starter and two-time Tremendous Bowl MVP.
The Giants have began the season Zero-2, shedding at Dallas the opening week and at house to Buffalo on Sunday.
“Eli and I spoke this morning,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur mentioned in a press release. “I instructed him that we’re making a change and going with Daniel because the starter. I additionally talked to Daniel. Eli was clearly upset, as you’ll anticipate, however he mentioned he could be what he has all the time been, teammate, and proceed to arrange to assist this crew win video games. Daniel understands the problem at hand, and he will probably be able to play on Sunday.”
Choice was stunning in draft
Jones, 22, was the sixth total decide within the NFL draft.
At Duke, he began all 36 video games he performed. He additionally:
- Accomplished 60% of his passes (764 of 1,275);
- Threw for eight,201 yards, 52 touchdowns and 29 interceptions;
- Had 406 speeding makes an attempt for 1,323 yards and 17 touchdowns.
His stand up the NFL draft board shocked many on the time; the decide garnered boos at MetLife Stadium when it was introduced. However Jones since has confirmed he was possible definitely worth the excessive decide within the preseason. In these 4 video games, he accomplished 29 of 34 passes for 416 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions to go along with a 137.2 quarterback score.
‘Extra about Daniel’ than Eli, coach says
Regardless of the Giants averaging 420 yards per recreation, they’ve had simply 4 touchdowns over two video games. In them, Manning accomplished 56 of 89 passes for 556 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions for a passer score of 78.7.
“Finally, it is a transfer that I felt was greatest for this crew presently,” Shurmur mentioned. “I’ve mentioned it since I obtained right here: I’m very keen on Eli. His work ethic, his preparation, his soccer intelligence. All these attributes are pretty much as good as I’ve ever seen in a participant. And Eli labored as laborious as you could possibly ask of anyone to prepare for this season. This transfer is extra about Daniel transferring ahead than about Eli.”
Jones will be part of two different rookie quarterbacks who’ve logged at the least one begin this season: Kyler Murray, the primary total choice by the Arizona Cardinals, and Gardner Minshew II, a sixth-round choice by Jacksonville from Washington State, who has changed the injured Nick Foles.