Zach Wilson and Daniel Jones Time in New York Could Be Numbered

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The New York Giants and the New York Jets are currently 6-2 and 5-3 respectively. For the first time in a while, both New York teams are respectable. However, despite the surprising starts by both teams they still have a problem. The quarterback position for both teams still isn’t in an ideal place for contending.

Both the New York Giants and the New York Jets should consider moving off of both Daniel Jones and Zach Wilson after this season. As we have seen recently, when teams are talented and are being held back by suboptimal quarterback play, usually they go out of their way to upgrade at that position (ex: Browns going after Deshaun Watson, Rams going after Matthew Stafford). Should the Jets and the Giants follow what these teams did?

Should the New York Giants move off Daniel Jones?

At one point, people were considering New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones a “bust”, someone who didn’t live up to the high expectations despite being highly drafted by the team that selected them.  The Giants selected Daniel Jones in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, to be the heir to the legendary Eli Manning. It was considered a head scratcher by most draft experts, and the majority of Giants fans were not pleased with the selection.

However, context matters as Daniel Jones had to deal with Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge for his first two years, and those two weren’t cut out to be head coaches. Daniel Jones did show signs of talent his rookie season. In his first 13 games he threw 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions but his passer rating was an 87.7 and his quarterback rating was 55.7 which ranked 18th . 

His athleticism stands out as he can scramble and pick up yards when plays break down. Jones can throw the ball well, but is he the guy to lead the Giants to the next level? This offseason, the Giants declined his fifth year option which makes him a free agent after this season. If the Giants picked up his option it would have cost the team $22 million.

Who deserves credit for this Daniel Jones resurgence? It’s head coach Brian Daboll. Brian Daboll, who was hired from the Buffalo Bills after spending multiple seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator, was key in developing Josh Allen when he was a rookie. It is clear Daboll has his hand in Daniel Jones’s development this season, which is something Jones didn’t get with his previous head coaches. 

Daboll understands Daniel Jones’ strengths and weaknesses. The New York Giants are heavily invested in the running game as Saquon Barkley looks like his former self before the injuries he suffered mid-way during his career. Jones has showcased his mobility multiple times during the season in key moments during the season, and that is a good sign for the Giants run game. 

Jones has also surprised a ton of people as he currently has five game-winning drives this season, which no one expected. 

Should the Giants consider signing Daniel Jones this offseason to a long term deal to stay in New York? Personally, I don’t think they should. Jones is in the last year of his rookie contract and he is slated to be a free agent this off-season. Daniel Jones has the talent to be a starter in the NFL, but is he a franchise quarterback? The answer is no and let’s take a look at the numbers. 

  • Touchdowns: 6 (26th)
  • Passer Rating: 88.9 (17th)
  • Comp %: 65% (19th)
  • EPA/per play: 0.106 (14th)
  • QBR: 57.9 (11th)
  • Passing Yards: 1,399 (24th)

From a statistical standpoint, he’s been average. On the field, he has made strides in his game and he looks competent but he hasn’t shown that he is the guy to lead them to higher glory. Currently the New York Giants offensive statistics look like this.

  • Offensive DVOA: 14th
  • Passing DVOA: 14th 
  • Rushing DVOA: 12th
  • Offensive EPA/per Play: 10th
  • Passing Offense: 30th
  • Rushing Offense: 4th
  • Overall Offense: 26th
  • Passing Attempts: 28th
  • Rushing Attempts: 5th 

Efficiency wise, the team is in good standing but when it comes to basic offensive stats, there is a huge discrepancy. Giants are currently ranked towards the bottom in regards to passing, but towards the top when it comes to rushing. The Giants wide receiver corps as it’s constructed is just not good right now. The Giants first round pick Kadarius Toney, was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last week which depleted the wide receiver room. 

The Giants had high hopes that Toney would emerge as a weapon for Daniel Jones but it didn’t materialize. Lack of receiving weapons are probably the reason why the Giants rank so low in regards to passing offense, but it also might be because Daboll doesn’t trust Jones to take over games. Giants have adopted an offensive identity of running the ball with Saquon Barkley, taking the ball out of Daniel Jones’s hands essentially making Daniel Jones a game manager. 

If you are the New York Giants, would you be comfortable offering Daniel Jones a contract extension when there could be potentially other quarterbacks available? Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will be a free agent and he has been sensational for the Ravens this year. Could they take a swing at Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray or Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr? Both quarterbacks signed extensions with their respective teams but Carr seems more realistic than Murray due to the fact Carr’s contract is more cap friendly.

The New York Giants are exceeding expectations this season, but if they wanna be considered legit title contenders, upgrading at quarterback is necessary. Giving Daniel Jones a contract extension would be too risky if he doesn’t pan out to be the guy they want him to be. The Giants do have holes on their team that need to be addressed, but before they get those needs fixed they need to fix the quarterback position first.

Conclusion: Yes, the Giants should move off Daniel Jones

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