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Amped-up New York Giants crowd should give Daniel…

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It’s a new day and age for the New York Giants these days as rookie quarterback Daniel Jones prepares to make his first start for Big Blue at MetLife Stadium.

And it will be rockin’.

“I’m sure they’ll be excited,” wide receiver Sterling Shepard said of the home crowd this Sunday. “It’s something different for them. To be able to see him play live after they got to see him play on TV for most fans, that’ll be pretty exciting.”

MetLife has been somewhat of a mausoleum the past few years as the Giants have given the fans little to cheer about. Jones, with a record-setting debut in Tampa last week, has turned the New York football populace on it’s ear.

Jones’ jersey is the No. 1 seller at the moments according to Fanatics. Giants tickets have become a valued commodity again and are either scarce of priced at a premium. Jones, for his efforts, was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and after one game has gone from draft folly to the face of professional football in New York.

“Yeah, I’m excited,” Jones said this week about the upcoming game against the 0-3 Washington Redskins. “I’m excited to run out there in front of Giants fans and play my first game here. That’ll be fun. We had some good support down there in Tampa Bay, and I am certainly very appreciative of that, but it’ll be fun to run out here.”

The young man may not outwardly display his enthusiasm like another budding star in this city (Mets’ slugger Pete Alonso), but he’s keyed up for his opportunity to lead the Giants back to prominence. His celebrity is overflowing at the moment. He was asked if he realized that.

“Yeah, I mean I think you’re aware to some extent,” he said. “Certainly, with family and friends, they will keep you aware from communicating with them. But like you said, I’m trying to focus on this week, focus on what we’re doing here and making sure that I’m preparing myself to play as well as I can this week.”

Head coach Pat Shumur, another subdued personality at the Giants’ facility says he isn’t worried about Jones getting ahead of his skis.

“You’re asking if he has a big head? Is that what you’re asking? No. No. Not at all. I see the same player I saw last week preparing to play his first game,” said Shurmur.

“I think it’s hard to see by his demeanor if he’s not confident about anything. That was what was great and on display last week was his toughness and his poise. Those are things we saw ahead of last week’s game. You just have to build on it. We all know this is a game of consistency. Sometimes it’s four, sometimes it’s six, sometimes it’s seven, sometimes it’s eight days, you play another one and you have to be at your best. He’s aware of that. He played a lot of football in college for a really, really fine coach (David Cutcliffe). He understands the process, and that’s part of his charm, too.”

Jones, who as a child sported an Eli Manning jersey, is sure to be amped up for Sunday’s game. The fans will feed off of his on-field energy.

“Giants fans are the best fans in the world,” he said, “so I fully anticipate them going wild.”

Amped-up Giants crowd should give Daniel Jones an extra lift

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