When the New York Giants benched Kurt Warner in favor of Eli Manning back in the 2004-2005 season, many of the Giants’ players were not in favor of the decision. With the team at 5-4 and a legitimate shot at making the playoffs, Tom Coughlin decided to start Eli Manning.
With Daniel Jones looking so sharp in the preseason, many are starting to talk about the possibility of Jones getting some playing time this season. The Giants’ record may ultimately help determine that decision.
Former Giant Kurt Warner is pumping the brakes on the hype surrounding the rookie. Prior to Thursday nights game when Jones went 9-for-11 for 141 yards in his third impressive performance, Warner share his thoughts on the Duke product.
“They really haven’t taken their team to that next level. They take their team to a playoff level but not to a next level. That to me is what I see from Daniel Jones,” Warner said, via NJ Advance Media. “Does he have that ability to truly elevate his team with his right arm at critical moments when things aren’t perfect?”
Interestingly enough, the current Giants quarterback Eli Manning has always seemed to flourish more in the postseason and many believe will eventually join Kurt Warner in the Hall of Fame when his playing days are over.
Warner went as far as to compare Jones to Andy Dalton, which would be a brutal pill for Giants’ fans to swallow if that were the reality of what they were getting in Daniel Jones.
“Andy Dalton is to me that kind of guy. Andy is a really good quarterback that I watch. He anticipates well, he sees things well. I really like him, but physically he’s limited where he can’t make that special throw consistently to take his team past just getting into the playoffs. That’s kind of how I see Daniel,” Warner added. “He’s got a lot of the same traits as Andy Dalton. Really good, anticipates, sees things really well, reads things really well, accurate, all those things. But that’s what I want to see. Can he be better than an Andy Dalton, who, in his right mind, is going to have an unbelievable career and be a really, really, really good quarterback in this league for a long time. That’s the comparison I would make.”
For now, the talks of the ‘huge mistake’ the Giants made at No. 6 overall in the draft have been silenced due to Jones’ play during the preseason. Only time will tell what the Giants will get out of Jones, but if the preseason is any indication of how good he will be, the Giants may have found their quarterback for the foreseeable future.