It is pass-fail now for Daniel Jones.
When a franchise strikes heaven and earth for the categorical objective of giving its franchise quarterback every little thing he wants to succeed, then it’s on that franchise quarterback to rise up and ship.
Jones, blessed as he’s with the Eli Manning temperament, supplied no excuses throughout his sophomore droop: not for the Week 2 lack of Saquon Barkley, or the general absence of high quality protestors and playmakers, or the brand new offense coordinated by Jason Garrett that was not as pleasant as marketed, or the hamstring harm that saved him from being a twin menace.
He received’t offer any excuses now, and there are none.
Because as coaching camp arrives for the 2021 New York Football Giants, the future is now for Daniel Jones.
Jones was drafted with the sixth-overall decide to at some point raise the Giants out of the muck, whether or not the top coach was Pat Shurmur or Joe Judge, and at some point has arrived.
John Mara’s “Just win already, Baby,” proclamation falls extra at Jones’ ft, and on his proper arm, than on anybody else.
Sam Darnold couldn’t overcome his teaching or the boys in his huddle in his third season with the Jets, and basic supervisor Joe Douglas unloaded him to Carolina.
The Giants have finished every little thing of their energy to ensure that the specter of Darnold’s third season needn’t function a cautionary story for Jones as he enters his third season.
His mandate: Stamp himself and not using a shred of doubt as Judge’s quarterback or run the danger of dropping his dream job as desperately because the franchise desires to signal him to a second contract.
Force the Giants to make a long-term dedication, from Danny Dimes to Danny Dollars.
Former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi gifted Manning, who had began seven video games as a rookie, the large goal he craved in Plaxico Burress in 2005. From 2005-07, earlier than he by chance shot himself within the leg, Burress was focused 423 occasions and caught 209 passes for 3,227 yards with 29 touchdowns. And one Super Bowl-winning catch.
Giants GM Dave Gettleman has gifted Jones with Kenny Golladay, a 6-foot-4 goal who was 135-2,253-16 with the Lions in 2019-20. He signed veteran tight finish Kyle Rudolph. He drafted receiver Kadarius Toney within the first spherical.
If Gettleman miscalculated on his younger offensive linemen (83 sacks throughout the QB’s 26 begins), if Barkley isn’t shut to being Barkley, it should however be on Jones to mature into sufficient of a battlefield commander to climate the storm and maintain hope alive in his huddle and discover a means to win within the fourth quarter.
The franchise quarterback may be the good deodorant. Jones was not the good deodorant in 2020 (11 TDs, 10 INTs).
Jones will get pleasure from a defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, who most of the time will maintain the sport shut.
Now it’s time for Daniel Jones — now not Diaper Danny — to go win the rattling recreation.
His house owners, his entrance workplace and his teammates, to a person all consider wholeheartedly in him. They consider he would be the shining gentle who leads them out of the darkness that has saved them from the postseason for 4 consecutive seasons.
Following within the steps of a franchise icon has not been too massive for Jones. He is larger and stronger and extra athletic than Manning, throws a lethal deep ball when requested, and is best suited for at present’s recreation as a result of his legs can escape hassle and be a weapon.
None of it ensures he’ll ship a fifth Lombardi Trophy for the show case within the foyer at 1925 Giants Drive.
Gettleman handed on Darnold and Josh Allen and Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson in 2018 as a result of he was smitten with Barkley. Then he fell in love with Daniel Jones and handpicked him a yr later to be the brand new Mann.
Manning can have his No. 10 retired at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 26 — the right day for his successor to attempt to persuade everybody that the New York Football Giants are in good palms.
“It’s on all of us,” Jones mentioned in May. “It’s on all 11 guys to do their job every play. That’s how we’re going to make big plays, is everyone doing their job. It’s not on any one person more than the other.”
It isn’t 1-on-11, after all.
But he is aware of full nicely (as does everybody else) that it’s on the franchise quarterback greater than the others, and he’s the 1.
It is not at all overdramatic to state that he’s the one who holds his destiny, in addition to that of the person who wager on him, in his 24-year-old palms.
They referred to as him Danny Dimes when he was a precocious rookie (24 TDs, 12 INTs).
He has labored tirelessly on reducing down his disturbing fumbling drawback (18 as a rookie, 11 misplaced; 11 final season, six misplaced).
Now it’s time to get his crew in the long run zone and win.
The Giants can win the NFC Least. They in some way would have a yr in the past if then-Eagles coach Doug Pederson hadn’t handed the division to Washington.
They can’t afford for Jones to fumble this moment. And neither can he.
He wished this stage, this market, this crew. He desires to be a Giant for life.
It’s time for him to be Danny Dollars.