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New York Giants rookie Daniel Jones has been hot and he’s been cold over his first month as a starting quarterback in NFL, but as we near Halloween, both he and head coach Pat Shurmur agree that it’s time to avoid some of those scary cold spells.

Although Jones has a combined seven touchdowns (five passing, two rushing) over his first four games, he’s also been responsible for eight turnovers (six interceptions and two lost fumbles).

“You have to be a good decision-maker early, in the middle and late in downs. Young players that are hyper competitive like he is, they try to make a play all the way throughout,” Shurmur told reporters earlier this week. “But as you go through this as a quarterback, there are times when it’s important you use your legs and unfortunately throw the ball away. They get used to that as they go. Just like he’s getting used to every single thing.

“I talked to him last week, I said it’s kind of an interesting month he had. He went through a lot in the first month, learned a lot and did a lot of really good things. We’re looking forward to him continuing to improve in all facets of playing quarterback.”

Jones is no slouch. He recognizes that there have been some errors, particularly when it comes to extending plays or attempting to fit a ball into a tight window while on the move as opposed to just throwing it away and living to play another down.

“I think it’s been, looking back on the month, kind of up and down. I’ve been inconsistent overall. I’ve been good and been bad,” Jones said. “I think there are certainly a lot of things to learn. When you look at the scheme or some of the decisions, some of my habits or bad habits, I think there are a lot of things to learn. So, I’ll kind of separate those problems, (and) those individual issues and try to improve. But also, just getting more comfortable and getting more accustomed to what we are doing. I think I’ll continue to learn and grow, but I’ve certainly had the opportunity to learn a lot this month.”

With the NFC East still surprisingly and unexpectedly close, Jones admits there’s a sudden sense or urgency to get this issue corrected so the team can start winning.

“Yeah, I think there is always going to be that sense. I think we’re always going to feel the urgency to fix things we haven’t done as well. To improve, I think that should always be there,” Jones added. “I think there’s an urgency and a sense of making sure we prepare as well as we possibly can, so we can play as well as we possibly can.”

Being able to handle criticism and recognize his own mistakes coupled with that sense of urgency is a mindset that will serve Jones well, says Shurmur.

“I think that mindset will serve him well as he moves forward, because there are certainly a lot of things to learn. Certainly, there are a lot of things that he’s been able to learn from, and certainly, we’re looking forward to seeing him lead us to victories,” Shurmur said.

Giants' Pat Shurmur, Daniel Jones agree: Time to reduce turnovers

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