"Eli Manning & Daniel Jones are becoming the same person!
gushed a pundit recently as he played off the compliments coming from the Giants in regards to how well their rookie QB is performing in OTA's.
The red flags that pop up are numerous. Yes, GM Gettleman, HC Pat Shurmur and most recently backfield teammate Saquon Barkley have all spouted platitudes about how good the rook has looked while hanging out in Eli Mannings hip pocket.
You add all of this up and it means ... (drum roll) ... nothing.
There are two things going on here. First is the over-hype campaign as the team tries to sell the #6 draft slot used to get their QB as a good value. Second is the fact that Eli Manning and Daniel Jones are leagues apart in game day abilities.
Let's briefly look at the first item on the list.
- It's OTA's, not football
- The front office said the same on draft day
- It's OTA's
So yes, Jones looks good vs air in drills. There is nothing the team can do between now and when Jones actually gets in a game to sell the pick as a good value selection. To be frank, until Jones delivers a Super Bowl victory it will be panned as a reach. This isn't fair to the Giants, the fans or Jones. Welcome to the NFL rook.
Second is the team pushed narrative that Jones and Eli are twins, clones, cousins or pod QB's from Mars. It is so wrong on so many (key) levels.
Sure Eli and Jones look similar standing next to each other. They both have on the same uniform and are similar in metrics. The uniform thing really helps. Yes, Jones has been taken under the Manning-family wing if you will and has been groomed. But two things will always separate these two QB's and both are key to their individual legends.
Daniel Jones was not a "big play QB" in college.
You don't get to the NFL, decide to flip a switch and become a "big play QB." It's something you are born with. You have to have the ability to forget everything and go for the win no matter how badly it worked out (see boneheaded interception section below). Jones is not a "big play QB."
Eli is good for a boneheaded interception in ALMOST every critical game they play.
Cowboys fans do NOT want to see Eli Manning on the bench. HELL no. Eli is a primary reason the Cowboys have been able to beat the Giants on game day the last few years and his head-scratching, clock-eating decision made in the 4th quarter are why. Daniel Jones is the exact opposite. He does NOT make these (boneheaded) plays as a rule. He is VERY careful with the ball and this is one of if not the defining trait of his career. He protects the football.
We could dive into both sections (big and boneheaded plays) ad nauseam but the point here is these two traits heavily define each player and as they are on opposite ends of the spectrum on game day they are in fact vastly different QB's in reality.
But it truly begs the answer to the question which QB with which set of traits is the best for the team moving forward? What do you think? Comment below!
Eli Manning vs Daniel Jones: Which is more important to #NYGiants fans? Having a QB that REALLY protects the football (no boneheaded interceptions) OR a QB that has the ego and ability to make Super Bowl winning plays on a recurring basis? #NFCEast #NYG #NFL
— Steven Van Over (@StevenVanOver) June 3, 2019
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