With the Giants trading out of the 11th pick (Justin Fields), it appears they're entirely committed to Jones for this season at least. Moreover, they added another receiver, Kadarius Toney, with the 20th overall pick.
Analysis: Jones now has Toney and Kenny Golladay to go along with Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley. The offensive line is still a question mark, but the Giants are doing everything they can to surround Jones with playmakers. By passing on Fields, the last of the top QB prospects, the team seems to be all-in on Jones, despite his uneven performance to date.
Apr 30, 2021 4:38 AM EST
The Giants appear committed to Jones as their starting quarterback for 2021, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.
Analysis: A few NFL teams appear ready to give up on first-round QBs they drafted in recent years, but the Giants are expected to stick with Jones, hoping he'll play better if he has more help around him. To that end, the team could stand to add a solid blocker and another reliable pass catcher, in addition to the potential benefit from getting Saquon Barkley (knee) back on the field. While Jones figures to be the Week 1 starter, it is possible he'll be on a shorter leash in 2021, especially if the Giants find a better backup than Colt McCoy.
Feb 9, 2021 7:27 AM EST
Jones compoleted 17 of 25 pass attempts for two touchdowns and one interception while adding 17 yards on nine carries during Sunday's 23-19 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Jones averaged an efficient 9.2 yards per attempt while completing 68 percent of his passes. He threw multiple touchdown passes for the first time in six appearances, connecting with Dante Pettis and Sterling Shepard from 33 and 10 yards out, respectively. Jones finishes the regular season shy of 3,000 passing yards and with a 11:10 TD:INT, but he could find himself playing in the postseason if the Eagles defeat Washington on Sunday night.
Jan 3, 2021 2:47 PM EST
Jones said Wednesday that until he's fully healthy he "intends to play from the pocket more," Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Jones logged 55 carries for 406 yards through the Giants' first 11 games of the season, but since Week 12 he's had to substantially adjust his playstyle due to hamstring and ankle injuries. In his two appearances since getting nicked up Jones has only rushed once for three yards. An inability to make plays with his legs has likewise limited Jones' ability to attack defenses through the air, with just one passing touchdown in his last two games. Jones was listed on Wednesday's practice report as a full participant, per Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site, and he shed his ankle injury designation entirely, but it appears that he won't be healthy enough to resume scrambling as usual during Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
Dec 30, 2020 1:07 PM EST
Jones completed 24 of 41 pass attempts for 252 yards and a touchdown, adding one rush for three yards during Sunday's 27-13 loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: New York's offensive slump carried into Week 16, as the team was held under 20 points for a fifth consecutive game en route to a third straight loss. Jones proved capable of battling through ankle and hamstring injuries to avoid a third game absence since Week 13, but the sophomore signal-caller remains without a multi-TD passing performance over his past five starts. The quarterback has three such outings all season, while a season high of 279 passing yards caps his upside. Jones does often offer fantasy production via the ground, but he's exceeded 20 rushing yards only once since Week 8. To close out the season, Jones and the Giants may have a chance at dashing Dallas' playoff hopes during a Week 17 matchup. The QB's practice involvement throughout the week will merit observation, however, given recent struggles to stay on the field.
Dec 27, 2020 2:20 PM EST
Jones (ankle/hamstring) is listed as active Sunday in Baltimore, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: After sitting out Weeks 13 and 15, Jones will play through a right hamstring injury and a sprained left ankle, as expected. He'll have a tall task on his hands against the Ravens' fourth-ranked scoring defense (20.5 points per game).
Dec 27, 2020 8:38 AM EST
Jones (ankle/hamstring) is expected to start Sunday against the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Jones seemed to be trending in this direction considering he was available, albeit in limited fashion, all week during practice. The 23-year-old has played in just one game during the month of December thanks to a lingering dual hamstring and ankle injury, but expect the second-year pro to be available Sunday.
Dec 26, 2020 7:53 AM EST
Jones (ankle/hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Baltimore, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: Jones was limited in practice Wednesday through Friday, never quite making it to full participation. Even so, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network both believe Jones is on track to play. The Giants have a 1 ET kickoff Sunday in Baltimore, with Colt McCoy on hand to make the start if Jones is a surprise inactive.
Dec 25, 2020 12:52 PM EST
Head coach Joe Judge said that Jones (ankle/hamstring) is "heading in the right direction," seemingly putting the quarterback on track to start Sunday in the Giants' game against the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Judge's comments came after Jones practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day Thursday. While Jones was a limited participant all of last week before ultimately being ruled out ahead of the Giants' loss to the Browns, he's been taking the first rep ahead of Colt McCoy in both of the team's practices this week, a sign that the coaching staff believes the 2019 first-round pick is on track to play in Baltimore. The Giants will evaluate Jones at their final Week 16 practice Friday before deciding whether to give the signal-caller a designation for the contest.
Dec 25, 2020 7:03 AM EST
Jones (ankle/hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Jones split first-team reps with Colt McCoy for the second straight practice, but the second-year signal-caller appears to be in a better spot health wise than he was last week. According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, Jones has been the first quarterback under center in practices Wednesday and Thursday, whereas McCoy took the initial reps last week before getting the starting nod ahead of Sunday's loss to Washington. Unless he turns in full workout Friday, Jones is still likely to be listed as questionable for this weekend's game in Baltimore, but he appears to have an edge over McCoy for the start based on his practice usage thus far.
Dec 24, 2020 12:41 PM EST
Jones (ankle/hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News noted that Jones looked notably improved at Wednesday's practice compared to last week, a hint that he could be trending in the right direction for Sunday's road game against the Ravens. The second-year pro has missed two of the last three games, first due to a right hamstring strain and the with a left ankle injury.
Dec 23, 2020 12:14 PM EST
Jones (hamstring/ankle) participated in Wednesday's practice, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Both Raanan and Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News speculated that Jones looked much better this week than last and appeared to be taking his typical pre-injury practice reps. Jones also fit in a sprint during warmups. His activity level seems to indicate he's trending toward a return Sunday at Baltimore after missing two of the last three games due to first a right hamstring injury and then a sprained left ankle. In the end, though, the Giants will reveal how much work he handled upon the release of Wednesday's practice report.
Dec 23, 2020 10:43 AM EST
Coach Joe Judge hopes to have "some kind of an answer" regarding the status of Jones (ankle) for Sunday's game against the Ravens after Friday's practice, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Analysis: The report notes that Judge has gotten "good feedback" on the QB from the Giants' trainers, but wants to see how he looks at practice over the next three days before making any decision about whether Jones or Colt McCoy will draw the team's starting signal-caller nod this weekend.
Dec 23, 2020 9:41 AM EST
Jones (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Browns, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: For the second time in three games, Jones will take a seat to the combination of a right hamstring injury from Week 12 and a sprained left ankle from last Sunday versus the Cardinals. In his stead, Colt McCoy will direct the offense, with Clayton Thorson serving as the backup quarterback. Jones' next chance to suit up comes next Sunday at Baltimore.
Dec 20, 2020 3:54 PM EST
Jones (ankle/hamstring) is not expected to play Sunday despite being listed as questionable, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Jones was able to practice in limited fashion all week so it's a bit surprising there's reports already suggesting the second-year quarterback will be unable to play, but considering the Giants won't kick off until 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, the early warning might help fantasy managers better prepare. It's worth noting Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports Colt McCoy will start, seemingly removing any sort of possibility Jones could make a miraculous turnaround before the prime-time contest, but the Giants have yet to officially make that call.
Dec 19, 2020 10:06 AM EST
Jones (ankle/hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Jones was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday, sharing reps with backup quarterback Colt McCoy. This could come down to a game-time decision ahead of the 8:20 ET kickoff Sunday night, with Jones hoping to fight through a sprained ankle and injured hamstring. He didn't look good in a 26-7 loss to the Cardinals last week, throwing for only 127 yards before he was pulled from the game in the fourth quarter.
Dec 18, 2020 11:35 AM EST
Jones (hamstring/ankle) is practicing Friday, but it appears Colt McCoy could get the start Sunday against Cleveland, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com.
Analysis: It sounds like Jones will be listed as a limited participant for the third time this week, but it isn't clear what his game designation (questionable/doubtful/out) will be on the final injury report. Jones missed Week 13 with a right hamstring injury, then sprained his left ankle when he returned to action last week. The Giants will release their injury Friday afternoon.
Dec 18, 2020 9:20 AM EST
Jones (hamstring/ankle) was listed as limited on Thursday's estimated injury report, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Jones is dealing with a pair of injuries at the moment: a right hamstring injury that sidelined him Week 13 and a sprained left ankle that he picked up this past Sunday against the Giants. While the Giants didn't hold practice Thursday, coach Joe Judge noted that he was "encouraged" by Jones' ability to move about at Wednesday's session, per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York. This comment comes on the heels of Judge stating Jones will be the starting quarterback Sunday against the Browns as long as he holds up on the field this week. Thus, Friday's practice may be the determining factor for Jones' Week 15 status. In the event he can't suit up this weekend, Jones will hand over starting duties to Colt McCoy.
Dec 17, 2020 10:46 AM EST
Jones (hamstring/ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Jones was able to gut out a right hamstring injury this past Sunday against the Cardinals, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted the second-year quarterback sprained his left ankle in that contest. The fact Jones was able to handle some reps is a decent sign that he's doing everything in his power to be available Week 15 versus the Browns. However, his status will be one to watch due to his further compromised health. If Jones sits out another game, Colt McCoy is ready and waiting for another start under center.
Dec 16, 2020 12:14 PM EST
Coach Joe Judge relayed Wednesday that Jones is dealing with another lower leg injury beside the hamstring issue he was previously dealing with, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicates that Jones suffered a sprained ankle during Week 14 action. Per Rock's report, the Giants will evaluate the QB as the week rolls along, but at this stage Judge acknowledges that Jones may not be able to start Sunday's game against the Browns. If Jones can't go this weekend, Colt McCoy would step in as the team's starter versus Cleveland.
Dec 16, 2020 10:08 AM EST
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