After Monday night's win against the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants have a growing dilemma regarding their quarterback. Should Daniel Jones be their quarterback, or is it time to hand over the reins in the Big Apple?
Jones has been out since November 5 because of a torn ACL. The Giants expect Jones to be their starting quarterback when he's healthy again.
"He's five days off of surgery," Giants general manager Joe Schoen said. "He's in there rehabbing right now. He's going to attack it. You guys all know Daniel and his work ethic; he's probably a guy we're going to have to pull back. But the expectation is when Daniel's healthy, he will be our starting quarterback."
Jones's goal is to be back by training camp next year. He believes that he's still the Giants quarterback of the future.
Yeah, I do,” Jones said. “But I’m focused on what I’m doing right now — rehabbing and getting back on the field.”
While Jones thinks he's still the Giants quarterback, he shouldn't be, and Big Blue needs to move on from him. Jones may be good and have signed a four-year, $160 million contract extension in the offseason, but he's not good enough to remain Big Blue's quarterback. Yes, Jones led the Giants to nine wins and a playoff win last year, but this year, he was 1-5, threw two touchdown passes and six interceptions, and was sacked 30 times. He also struggles with throwing the long ball.
So, who should be the Giants quarterback if not Jones? Tommy DeVito should be the Giants quarterback. DeVito's agent, Sean Stellato, thinks DeVito can become the starter.
"Yeah, my dream is for him to be the starting quarterback and get a long-term deal with the New York Giants," Stellato said on "Up & Adams." "I have no doubt he can win this job. He's won the locker room. The coaches are believing...Just in terms of that aura and that passion and that blue-collar underdog approach. He relates to that fan base. So I think he can win that job, I have no doubt about it. I mean, Daniel Jones is a hell of a quarterback too. So, gotta just continue to take it one day at a time, one practice at a time, one game at a time. But I know he's ready for any challenge that's gonna come his way. He's prepared his entire life. Don't forget, this is the kid that went up against Tua (Tagovailoa) and Trevor Lawrence at the open out in Oregon and was the MVP of that camp."
DeVito has done better than Jones has. He is 3-1 in four starts and has completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 855 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions. With the win Monday night, DeVito tied the NFL record for most wins (three) by an undrafted quarterback in the Common Draft Era. He has given the Giants their first three-game winning streak since 2002. He's also the first undrafted rookie quarterback in NFL history to have a passer rating of 100+ in three straight games, the first undrafted rookie quarterback to win three straight games without an interception. He has more rushing yards than any undrafted rookie quarterback since 1970.
Cleared DeVito has outperformed Jones in just four starts. It's time for the Giants to move on from Jones and make DeVito their quarterback.
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