Thu. Oct 22nd, 2020

New York Giants’ Pat Shurmur, Daniel Jones…

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is like any other rookie quarterback in NFL history. He looks like a superstar — a franchise quarterback — one minute and then looks like a rookie again the next.

Jones has made some exceptional plays with his arm and his legs, throwing six touchdowns and rushing for two more. But he has also thrown seven interceptions and leads the league in lost fumbles with five.

Against the New England Patriots two weeks ago, Jones tossed three picks. In last week’s loss to Arizona, the rookie tossed just one interception but fumbled three times and was sacked eight times. He seems to be getting more careless with the football and is making more bad decisions on the field.

“Certainly, ball security is primary, especially for the quarterback,” said head coach Pat Shurmur. “He got it swatted out of his hand on a screen. He was trying to hold off, Saquon (Barkley) popped a little bit late. But generally speaking, yeah, he has to secure the ball better.”

Shurmur understands how to groom young quarterbacks. He has an impressive track record as an assistant in this league and is confident his latest student will become a solid NFL quarterback.

“I see growth in everything,” he said. “I think that’s part of playing as a rookie. There are going to be some things that pop up that you see for the first time and you react to it….I think he made a lot of nice throws in the game yesterday. Obviously, that was a tight throw to Rhett (Ellison) in the end zone for a touchdown. He’s aggressive. He made another one down the sideline to Evan (Engram) that would have put us in scoring position. He made some other really good throws. He’s tough, he’s resilient and I think he has a bright future. That’s what I like about him.”

Jones isn’t afraid to face down his critics, either. He has stood tall after each game and owned his mistakes. For a player with a reputation of learning from his mistakes, he’s been a little slow in rectifying his issues so far. To the naked eye, he’s clearly regressing.

“I think I’ve made progress in some senses,” said Jones. “In some plays, in certain situations, I’ve made progress, and in others, I haven’t. So, that’s the challenge, to keep making progress and to make progress throughout the game, throughout the situation, whatever it is, to continue to improve on everything.”

He knows what he as to do to secure the football and to keep the chains moving for the Giants. He has to stop making negative plays and trying to force things to happen in untenable situations.

“I think just making sure I have two hands on the ball in the pocket is a big thing, just not letting myself get lazy with that at all, just making sure I’m consistent with that. And when I’m running, keeping the ball secured, I think all those little things that you’ve heard for a long time that are just kind of fundamental to anyone holding the ball I think are things that I need to do better,” he said.

It’ll come. One day, the light will go on for Jones. Everyone just has to be patient. He seems to be.

Giants' Pat Shurmur, Daniel Jones continue working to fix errors

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