Pilgrim’s Point: Jonesing

By Jeff Pilgrim @PilgrimsPoint

Daniel Jones made some plays on Monday Night Football.

The Touchdown pass to Dion Lewis was perfect.  Down eight points in the fourth quarter, he found Tate in the back of the endzone for a touchdown which kept the game alive.  The kid can play. He also has 35 turnovers in 20 games. 

I’m not one of those guys that want him benched or replaced by a rookie.  I’m also not willing to defend two turnovers per game anymore.  
If half the fan base wants to draft a rookie QB next year and the other half wants to hitch their wagon to Daniel Jones, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.  We are split in half for a very good reason.  Every game, Jones makes a couple plays that let you know he’s a real-deal quarterback.  He throws downfield strikes that get you pumped for his potential.  I’ve seen him take off at 20+ mph and outrun defensive backs.  I thought I was tripping when I saw that.

Unfortunately, it comes with a hefty price tag.  He’s averaging two turnovers per game.  He had good protection on Monday night and he blew a huge opportunity to defeat Tom Brady and change his entire outlook.  He regressed in knowing when to throw the ball away and see another down.  Turnovers are poison and they were too much to overcome on MNF.  Tampa Bay scored 10 points off those two turnovers.  The Giants lost by two.

Bad Company

Daniel Jones has the 2nd most turnovers by a QB since the beginning of 2019.  Jameis Winston is first.  Jameis Winston is now a backup quarterback and it’s not because he couldn’t play the game.  It’s because he couldn’t protect the football.  There have been great QB’s who started their careers with many interceptions and losses, but it’s a short list.  We happen to know one of them very well.  #ThankYouEli

Too many losses

Daniel Jones is 4-16 as a starter.  If he’s to remain the Giants quarterback for years to come, he’s got to finish some games.  There should be no debate here.  It hasn’t been easy for him yet he’s managed to put the Giants in a position to win more often than not.  He’s got to deliver the kill shot once in a while!  It’s not that crazy to expect it from your first round pick.
Despite all the challenges this season, the Giants were competitive in 7 out of 8 games.  

Asking your QB to win you a game is not asking too much

The year is 2020 and this is the NFL.  Guys like Patrick Mahomes and Russel Wilson are roaming the earth.  You have to win games in big moments to be a great QB.  Daniel Jones needs to start proving he can win games for this team.

And THAT’S the point.