April 13, 2021

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PFF ranks the New York Giants’ quarterback situation based on need

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The New York Giants have made it undeniably clear that they’re committed to Daniel Jones in 2021 and beyond, but things can always change.

If Jones does not continue making strides in Year 3 — ideally, some significant strides — the Giants could be left in a position come 2022 where they need to reevaluate things. That would mean they missed on Jones and it would also likely mean the end of Dave Gettleman’s tenure as general manager.

That’s a topic briefly touched on by those at Pro Football Focus, who recently broke down and ranked each team’s quarterback situation based on need. For the Giants and Jones, they fell into the “still evaluating — in limbo” category.

The jury is still out on Daniel Jones about whether he is the long-term answer for the Giants. He showed modest growth in Year 2, raising his 65.6 passing grade as a rookie to 74.4 in 2020. The 2019 No. 6 overall pick still displayed poor pocket awareness with more fumbles in a collapsing pocket than any other quarterback in the league while also converting pressure to sacks at a high rate of 21% (eighth-worst).

But from a clean-pocket — the most stable area of quarterback play — Jones was right where he needed to be. He ranked 12th this past season in passing grade in such situations. His deep ball was also on point, as he placed third in the NFL in passing grade on 20-plus-yard throws. This upcoming season is a massive year for the New York Giants franchise, and Jones will dictate the direction the team heads.

In order to get a real feel for who Jones is as a quarterback and leader, the Giants must do a better job building the offensive roster around him.

Jones was among the most-pressured quarterbacks in the league a season ago, while his receivers were among the league worst in yards of separation and dropped passes. He was also without running back Saquon Barkley (ACL), who the offense was entirely built around. That’s a terrible combination for a young quarterback in his second professional system and his third offensive system in three years.

The fact that Jones made any strides at all in that situation is a testament to his skill and dedication. It should also provide Giants fans some reasons for optimism heading into Year 3.

PFF ranks the Giants’ quarterback situation based on need



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