Recently, the New York Giants announced that they will not be picking 2019 first round pick and sixth overall pick Daniel Jones fifth year option. The Giants though have announced they intend to pick up their fifth year option on their other fellow first round pick in 2019, Dexter Lawerence who was picked 17th overall out of Clemson. Though Jones has really regressed the last two seasons with low touchdown passing touchdown numbers, passing yards and nagging injuries, he did have a promising 2019 rookie campaign where he threw 24 touchdown passes which is ranked fifth all time among rookie NFL quarterbacks in their first season. Even though Jones has struggled the last couple of seasons, it may be a mistake to give up on him and not pick up his option as it seems likely they might move on from him after this upcoming season.
The pick at number sixth overall was definitely a head scratcher pick no doubt about it as Jones only compiled a 15-17 record at Duke and there were still other talented players still on the board during the 2019 Draft, the Giants though have failed to give Jones any kind of help from the offensive line, talented players and the right coaching staff for him to learn. Yes, his numbers have been going down the last two seasons and he still makes mistakes with the football whether it fumbles or interceptions, Jones still has shown flashes with the football and has proven he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL. He just needs the right coach and playmakers that he can throw the ball to and an improved offensive line.
After the 2021 season was finished and the Giants finished with an abysmal record of 4-13 and Giants Co-Owner John Mara said something that really stuck out and made it clear how terrible they have made and handled moves to help their young quarterback. “We’ve done everything possible to screw this kid up,” he said. Mara is totally right.. Jones is entering his fourth year with the Giants with a third new head coach. Pat Shurmur could not get the job and the Joe Judge experience was a complete failure along with Jason Garrett proving to be a terrible offensive coordinator and play caller. Jones has had a lack of consistent coaching and the proper people to surround him. Sure, he has struggled and made poor decisions with the football, all you need to give this kid is the right coach and skillful playmakers.
For starters, giving him protection with a proper offensive line is something the Giants have to address if they want Jones to be successful. And in the last two of the three NFL drafts they have picked an offensive lineman in the first round with them taking Andrew Thomas out of Georgia with the fourth overall pick in 2020 and just this past week, Evan Neal out of Alabama with the seventh pick who was regarded as one of the best lineman in the entire draft. I truly believe if both of them develop into solid linemen, the Giants will have a much better offensive line and will finally give Jones the proper protection and time with the football he needs.
Also, Jones has never had a true number one receiver and a consistent offensive starting lineup with players like Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and now former Giants tight end Evan Engram always seeming to be getting injured and missing a sustainable playing time. And think about this, the Giants have not had a wide receiver have a 1,000 yard year season since Odell Beckham did in 2018. That has been nearly four years!! Plus, all of the receivers that Giants have surrounded Jones with have either been way past their primes or are just not a true number one guy. The likes of Kenny Golladay underperformed, Sterling Shepard with injuries, and Saquon Barkley just not playing well since his rookie season. All the Giants have to do with their signal caller is just help him out and give him the right protection and the right coach to help make him into what I think a solid NFL quarterback who has not been given the opportunity to be successful in the league.
So in conclusion, with a new head coach in Brian Daboll who was previously the Bills offensive coordinator for the last few seasons who helped turn Josh Allen’s career around, and a healthy offensive core and a steller offensive line, I think Daniel Jones has a chance to be great in the NFL. He showed it in 2019 and I think he can do it again. So yes, it’s a bad choice for the Giants to not pick up his option, but if this is indeed a prove it year for Jones, I think he has a chance to prove all doubters wrong.