Daniel Jones hasn’t been terrible this season, but he hasn’t been great either. He will show New York Giants fans, but so far has struggled to combine consistency with winning.
On Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, Jones passed for 402 yards in a winning effort on the road, in overtime, 27-21. Jones still has a long way to go Catch Eli Manning in 400 meters (9), but this is a good start that couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Giants went into Week 4 after losing their first three games, with the last two decided by four points together. So they were close but haven’t been able to run and get away with a win.
Heading into this one, the Saints let in just 243 yards through three games. Jones and the Giants were able to break it wide on the Saints and toss the ball across the field. At various points in the game, the Giants wide receivers were wide open across the field against the secondary Saints, and all Jones had to do was place passes near them.
The way the Giants win isn’t as important as getting their first win of the year. And even more so for Jones when he showed he can lead this team to a tough road win against a better team. The first 400-yard passing game of Jones’ career was the icing on the cake.
The only way it could have been better is if it was at home against a division rival.
Speaking of divisional rivals, the Giants travel to Dallas this Sunday to take on the Cowboys. In his young career against the Cowboys, Jones has averaged 220 yards against the abysmal defense of Dallas. So we’ll see how he stacks up against an improved Cowboys D.
But this is where consistency comes into play for Jones. He has to follow up that huge game in New Orleans with another one in Dallas. I’m not saying he has to throw 400 meters, but he has to lead this team to a win. If Jones has to beat Dak Prescott, so be it. Jones will have to prove that he can put the Giants on his back week after week and turn it into a win.
That’s what the greats do. They ball out all the time to the point where it’s okay if they have a big game because we’re used to it. I know the ownership/team management situation may not be the best right now, along with with questionable coaching.
Some players are big enough to overcome this. I don’t know if Jones has that in him, but every week he will have a chance to show and prove all his doubters wrong. The Giants have a talented team and now they need Jones to step up and match his leadership to that level of talent.