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Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Quarterback #17
ADP:Round: 8, Pick: 12
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 221 lb.
College:Duke
Age:23
Born:May 27, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 1 (6)
Draft Team:NYG

Daniel Jones: Aiming to reduce fumbles

Jones is focused on reducing his fumbles and gaining strength, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones spent part of the offseason with his college coach, David Cutliffe, who is well known for working with both Peyton and Eli Manning. Cutliffe believes quarterbacks who can't maintain focus downfield under pressure are lost causes, whereas Jones lands on the other end of the spectrum, perhaps too eager to make big plays. The 23-year-old had an NFL-high 18 fumbles last year, sporting the ninth-highest sack rate (7.6 percent) while tying Ryan Fitzpatrick for the most hits taken (66) on pass plays. Jones reportedly is up near 230 pounds after being listed at 221 last season, but Cutliffe believes the more important factor for ball security will be an improvement in pocket movement. The offense surrounding Jones looks much the same as last season's, but with first-round pick Andrew Thomas stepping in at right tackle and new head coach Joe Judge bringing in Jason Garrett to run the offense. Jones showed potential as a rookie, with 24 passing touchdowns and two rushing scores in 12 starts.

June 6, 2020 7:18 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Tops 300 yards in season finale

Jones completed 28 of 47 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: He also gained 26 rushing yards on three carries but committed two more fumbles, losing one of them. Ball security was a major issue for the rookie -- he finished 2019 with 12 INTs and 11 lost fumbles in 13 games (12 starts) -- but otherwise Jones gave the Giants reason to believe they've found the long-term successor to Eli Manning, as he completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns, albeit with a modest 6.6 YPA. With Saquon Barkley in the backfield, Jones doesn't need to carry the offense on his own, but if he can reduce his turnovers in 2020 he should have the receiving weapons around him to put together a strong fantasy campaign.

December 29, 2019 6:44 PM EST

Daniel Jones: Throws five TD passes in return

Jones completed 28 of 42 pass attempts for 352 yards and five touchdowns during Sunday's 41-35 win over the Redskins.

Analysis: Making his return following a two-game absence, Jones set new career highs in attempts, passing yards, and touchdowns while tying his high-water mark for completions. He connected with four different receivers for touchdowns, including the game-winning strike to Kaden Smith in overtime. Coming off this monster performance, Jones will look to cap off his rookie campaign in style next Sunday against the Eagles.

December 22, 2019 2:51 PM EST

Daniel Jones: Confirmed as Week 16 starter

Jones (ankle) will start Sunday's game at Washington.

Analysis: Following a limited practice Wednesday and full participation Thursday, coach Pat Shurmur confirmed the rookie will return to the starting lineup Sunday afternoon. Jones will face a Washington defense that ranks 19th in both fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks and yards allowed per pass attempt (7.4), with the team's Week 16 injury report hinting at a matchup that's more favorable than the numbers suggest. Top pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan (calf) is on injured reserve, while starting cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar (hamstring) and Fabian Moreau (hamstring) both have been held out of practice this week.

December 20, 2019 9:12 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Another full practice Thursday

Jones (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones maintained his activity level from Wednesday's session, and coach Pat Shurmur said Thursday that the rookie signal-caller "feels good" in his recovery from a high-ankle sprain, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. While the Giants haven't made an official ruling on Jones retaking the reins of the offense, it's expected to happen before week's end, which will nudge Eli Manning back to a reserve role.

December 19, 2019 11:25 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Practices without limitations

Jones (ankle) is practicing in full Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Jones has missed the last two weeks while recovering from a high-ankle sprain, and Wednesday's session represents his first time practicing in full since sustaining the injury. Coach Pat Shurmur said that the rookie quarterback handled "most" of the first-team reps, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com, an indication that Jones could return to the starting lineup Sunday against Washington. A final decision on Jones' availability will likely come down to whether he's able to continue handling a full workload during the week's final two practices without suffering any setbacks.

December 18, 2019 9:42 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Working with starters again

Jones (ankle) is working with the starters at Wednesday's practice, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jones worked with the second unit at the same point last week; a clear suggestion that the Giants expected Eli Manning to get the Week 15 start. We now have another hint that Jones could return to the lineup for Sunday's game at Washington, after coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that the Giants tentatively expect their rookie quarterback to play. It remains to be seen if Jones is a limited or full participant in Wednesday's practice.

December 18, 2019 8:06 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Eyeing Week 16 return

Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that the Giants will proceed with the expectation that Jones (ankle) will be ready to start Week 16 in Washington, but a decision on the rookie's status will be made based on how he progresses as the week rolls along, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. "We'll just have to see. We'll just push him along like we did last week. We started [last] week with the idea he might be ready to play. We'll do the same this week."

Analysis: In other words, the Giants aren't viewing Jones as a shutdown candidate, even with the team sitting at 3-11 and having little to gain by rushing the rookie first-round pick back into action. Jones never advanced beyond limited participation in practice last week before being ruled out two days ahead of Sunday's win over the Dolphins, so he'll probably need to put in a full workout or two during the current week for the Giants to sign off on his availability. Per Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record, Shurmur said Monday that it would be "overthinking it a little bit" for the Giants to give the third option on the depth chart, Alex Tanney, work under center for either of the final two games, so Eli Manning would be in position for a third straight start if Jones fails to gain clearance this weekend.

December 16, 2019 9:54 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Won't play this week

Jones (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Jones returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, but he never seemed to have much chance of avoiding a Week 15 absence. Eli Manning will get another start, while Jones will aim to return for Week 16 at Washington.

December 13, 2019 9:07 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Still limited at practice

Jones (ankle) remained limited at practice Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York,Eli Manning seems likely to draw another start at QB on Sunday against the Dolphins, but the Giants are not yet ready to dismiss the possibility that Jones could be medically cleared in advance of the contest. Look for added clarity on that front no later than Friday, when the team's final Week 15 injury report is issued.

December 12, 2019 10:04 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Limited in Wednesday's practice

Jones (ankle) is practicing in a limited capacity Wednesday, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: The Giants are hosting a jog-through practice Wednesday, but it's nonetheless encouraging to see Jones taking reps after not being able to practice in any capacity last week. That said, veteran quarterback Eli Manning is working as the starter ahead of Jones, who appears on track to miss another contest while nursing a high-ankle sprain. Coach Pat Shurmur acknowledged that the rookie could suit up as the backup quarterback during Sunday's tilt against the Dolphins, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York, but he added that such a scenario is unlikely.

December 11, 2019 9:38 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Working with backups at practice

Jones (ankle) is participating in the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, taking snaps from the backup center, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's an early hint that Jones is tentatively expected to miss another game, though his presence at practice is a clear step forward and does open up the possibility of a return for Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins. Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York notes that Jones is moving around well at practice, with no obvious sign of ill effects from the high ankle sprain he suffered during a Week 13 loss to the Packers. The rookie is likely to be listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's injury report.

December 11, 2019 8:11 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Status remains uncertain

Coach Pat Shurmur is unsure whether Jones (ankle) or Eli Manning will be under center Sunday against the Dolphins, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. "If Daniel can't go, Eli will start," Shurmur said Tuesday.

Analysis: Jones yielded the top spot to Manning on Monday at Philadelphia due what Shurmur initially termed a "moderate" high-ankle sprain. Manning proceeded to flash but ultimately was unable to pull out a win, completing 15 of 30 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns. As part of his decision-making process, Shurmur will wait and see how Jones moves about this week, perhaps intimating that an appearance at practice is possible. According to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, Shurmur denied a report that Jones will miss 2-to-4 weeks, leaving this QB situation up in the air.

December 10, 2019 9:14 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Likely to miss time beyond Monday

Jones is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Recovering from a high ankle sprain, Jones already has been ruled out for Monday's game in Philadelphia. It sounds like he'll miss at least one more week, with no assurances of a return before the end of the season. Eli Manning will get the start Monday night.

December 9, 2019 5:59 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Out as predicted

Jones (ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Monday's contest against the Eagles, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: While Jones is evidently out of his walking boot according to Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record, it seemed unlikely even earlier in the week that the rookie quarterback would make Monday's prime-time start. As a result, Eli Manning will take over behind center, but the veteran quarterback will be surprisingly missing his star tight end, Evan Engram (foot), who was also ruled out ahead of the aforementioned contest.

December 7, 2019 9:03 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Likely out for MNF

Jones (ankle) will not practice Friday and is, according to head coach Pat Shurmur, "very likely to miss" Monday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Jones' status for Monday's game has been in doubt all week, and Shurmur's comments Friday morning increase the likelihood he will be unavailable. The Giants have more day of practice this week and may wait to rule Jones out, but it's looking more likely Eli Manning will be back under center Monday night.

December 6, 2019 7:49 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Not practicing, still in boot

Jones (ankle) was spotted in a walking boot at Thursday's practice and won't participate in the session, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Instead, Jones was spotted doing some core exercises on a side field under the supervision of team trainers, allowing Eli Manning to handle the first-team reps in the Giants' second practice of Week 14. With coach Pat Shurmur admitting that Jones' moderate high-ankle sprain will likely keep the rookie sidelined for Monday's contest in Philadelphia, Manning is in store to make his first start -- and on track for his first game reps of any kind -- since Week 2. Expect the Giants to officially rule Jones out for Week 14 at the conclusion of Friday's practice.

December 5, 2019 8:16 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Recovery to be taken 'week to week'

Coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday that the Giants will take Jones' recovery from a "moderate" high-ankle sprain "week to week," Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: What was termed a sore ankle prior to Monday's MRI now threatens Jones' ability to suit up Monday at Philadelphia and potentially beyond that point. While the rookie signal-caller hasn't been ruled out yet for Week 14, Shurmur is preparing as if Eli Manning will be the starter. Shurmur noted Jones' sprain isn't as severe as the one suffered by Saquon Barkley earlier this season, which caused the stud running back to sit out three games. Still, Jones' return to action will be determined by his rehabilitation, and when healthy, he'll resume his role as the Giants' No. 1 QB.

December 4, 2019 3:32 PM EST

Daniel Jones: Appears doubtful for Week 14

Jones isn't expected to play in Monday's game against the Eagles, as he's dealing with a high ankle sprain of moderate severity, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Jones continued playing after he suffered the injury during the second quarter of Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Packers, finishing with 240 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He's wearing a protective boot over the injured foot Wednesday, with the expectation of missing at least one game. Eli Manning thus figures to get the start Monday night in Philadelphia.

December 4, 2019 7:59 AM EST

Daniel Jones: Tending to sore ankle

Coach Pat Shurmur said that Jones is dealing with a sore ankle in the aftermath of Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Packers, but he expects the rookie signal-caller to be "fine" for the Week 14 matchup with the Eagles, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jones was examined by the training staff after twisting his ankle on a fourth-down run in the second quarter, but he ultimately took all 67 of the Giants' offensive snaps en route to finishing the day with 20 completions for 240 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions across 37 attempts. Shurmur noted that Jones won't require further tests on the ankle, so there doesn't seem to be much concern about the quarterback's ability to suit up against the Eagles on Monday Night Football. That said, Jones' reps could be managed leading up to the contest, so it bears checking back on his status Thursday, when the Giants release their first practice report of Week 14.

December 2, 2019 9:48 AM EST

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