Ever since Daniel Jones came into the NFL, he has had high expectations. Especially living up to the role Eli Manning left him after his 16-year career. Since coming into the NFL, Daniel Jones hasn’t had the best start a QB would wish for, as he has only thrown for 5,970 passing yards in 2 seasons, as well as 35 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He has also only led the Giants to an 8-18 record over those seasons. Since Jones was drafted 6th overall in 2019, the Giants have ran into many offensive problems.
Last season, the Giants didn’t have many receiving options other than Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, who both had over 600 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, which shows that the Giants didn’t have any reliable receivers. Evan Engram, who was surprisingly selected to his first Pro-Bowl wasn’t much of a help either, as he dropped 11 passes this year with three of those turning into interceptions, as well as only catching 1 touchdown the whole season.
Saquon Barkley, one of the best athletes in the NFL, tore his ACL early in the season. This was a big hit to the New York’s offense, as Barkley is a Pro-Bowl RB. It’s brainless to call Daniel Jones a bust when most the receivers are dropping important passes, as well as most of the drops turning into interceptions, and with barely any players getting into the endzone. With no doubt the injuries and the drops hurt the Giants last season, as they were next to last in total offense. Only the New York Jets were statistically worse.
This off-season, the Giants made moves all around their team, as they signed Kenny Golladay to a four year, $72 million contract. Golladay made his first Pro Bowl in 2020 with 1,190 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2021 Golladay ran into injuries, as he only played in 5 games.
The Giants also signed Kyle Rudolph who brings some leadership to the receiving core, as well as John Ross who had a disappointing four years with the Bengals, but he’ll finally get a fresh start with a new team. The Giants also drafted Kadarius Toney with the 20th overall pick, who had 1,590 receiving yards during his 4 collegiate seasons and 12 touchdowns during that stretch.
This season, Daniel Jones has the weapons to have a breakout year, as he’s shown that he can throw and run the football. With no doubt in my mind, Daniel Jones will exceed expectations and prove that he is a star QB. He has everything he needs, so there should be no excuses this upcoming year for Jones. He could easily lead the Giants to the playoffs with how bad the NFC East performed last season.
The Giants do have some tough opponents on their hands this season like the Dolphins, Bears, Buccaneers, Raiders, Chiefs, and the Rams, as well as playing Washington twice. With that being said, Daniel Jones will turn it around this upcoming season.