Is Daniel Jones starting week 1? Stranger things have happened and there is fuel for the fire.
Daniel Jones and the rest of the National Football League found out very quickly that the New York Giants drafting Jones with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 draft was an unpopular move. The boos were raining down on Jones who has not even had one practice in the NFL yet. Now as the G-Men have started practice and reports are coming out that Jones is playing well the story went from Jones being a bust to Eli Manning losing his job and Daniel Jones starting week 1.
If you talk about the New York Giants and quarterbacks you need to talk about Eli Manning and his resume. First off, he has won two Lombardi Trophies along with two Super Bowl MVP trophies since being under center for Big Blue in 2004. While that is more than any current NFC East quarterback and the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees those Super Bowl wins do not mean as much in 2019.
The G-Men have been struggling since their last Super Bowl win in 2011 and have only made the playoffs once and have not won a playoff game since Super Bowl XLVI. Making matters worse is Big Blue is closer to the number one draft pick than a playoff spot which is not "the Giants way."
Also, Eli Manning has been struggling these last few seasons. Gone are the days where Eli can lead the Giants down the field for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter as those 2-minute drills have been replaced by a key turnover by Manning that seals a victory for the opposition. With the losses mounting and Eli’s play being called into question more and more begin to call for finding a replacement.
David Gettleman had a chance to draft a franchise quarterback in 2018 but went with Saquon Barkley as Sam Darnold went to the crosstown Jets. As Darnold showed promise in his debut season there was a sense of panic as Big Blue missed their chance to get their quarterback of the future. With the calls for finding Eli’s heir a case of being careful what you wish for you might just get it occurred.
The drafting of Daniel Jones at number 6 turned that panic into a crazed frenzy. After the selection of Jones, many were thinking that the Giants way was eroding and it will not be before long that the Giants would be the laughing stock of the NFL. People felt that Big Blue would be cellar dwellers for decades to come with the selection of Daniel Jones.
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Then the Giants reported to training camp and both Jones and Manning were unofficially competing against each other in drills. While there was an inkling of Daniel Jones replacing Eli by seasons end Pat Schurmur elevated the dual by stating Daniel Jones is preparing to start week 1.
Now there are two issues with starting a rookie quarterback week one of the NFL season. First, it is very rarely done because very few rookie quarterbacks are ready in week one of the NFL season. Names like Mark Sanchez, Brandon Weeden, EJ Manual, and Geno Smith are some of the cautionary tales of why not to start a rookie quarterback week one. While there have been some that have been successful in their rookie season like Dak Prescott, Dak had the support of a hall of fame tight end, wide receiver, dominant running game to help Dak be successful.
The second issue is starting a quarterback before they are ready is detrimental to their career. Just look at Kyle Lauletta. Lauletta was drafted by the Giants in the 4th round in 2018 and Lualetta made his debut in mop-up time in a 40-16 Giant win over the Redskins. In his debut, Lauletta went 0 for 5 passing with one interception. That performance all but eliminated Lauletta being the Big Blue quarterback of the future.
While as long as Gettleman is General Manager Daniel Jones will be the one who replaces Eli Manning. The most important part of this transition for Daniel Jones is for it occurs at the right time. If Jones is ready, this could be a Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers progression as the team is still able to succeed when the veteran quarterback is replaced at the right time with the right quarterback.