It was bound to happen at some point this season- the New York Giants would feel it necessary to replace veteran quarterback Eli Manning with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 draft, Daniel Jones.
Their hand would be forced when the season started 0-2, even though the losses were largely due to the extremely inefficient defense as opposed to the quarterback. Still, Pat Shurmur announced last Tuesday that Jones would get the start in Week 3 and lo and behold, Big Blue came away with the victory.
Here are four things we learned from the Giants win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jones was 23/36 for 336 yards and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing). He had zero interceptions but was sacked five times for a loss of 24 yards and ended with a QBR of 112.7.
But it’s not his stats that set him apart from other rookie quarterbacks, it’s his swagger. The Giants trailed 28-10 at the half and many had already written the game off as a loss. Saquon Barkley was down and the defense looked the same as it had the first two weeks. But Jones came out in the third quarter and slung the ball to Evan Engram for a 75-yard touchdown on his first pass of the quarter. It ignited a fire under the team, fueled the players to play better. Then he managed to find Sterling Shepard in the end zone, placing the ball where only he could catch it.
Jones wasn’t just accurate, he took over as a leader on the field. He elevated the play of those around him and managed to lead a disheartened and struggling team to victory. Sure, the Bucs missed a game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Giants the win, but the win is what matters and Jones is responsible. He was unflappable and remained poised throughout the game. Welcome to the Danny Dimes era.