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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer: Daniel Jones “playing very free”

Minnesota coach talks about preparing for Giants rookie QB

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We already know that the Minnesota Vikings star-studded defense is going to be the biggest challenge yet faced by New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Speaking to New York media on Wednesday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was complementary toward the young quarterback.

“Daniel, I think the guy is going to be really, really good, honestly. I think he’s good now, but I think he’s going to be really, really good,” Zimmer said. “He looks like a big time NFL quarterback that can move in the pocket, can make all the throws, looks like he makes quick decisions, moves under duress, so I think there’s a lot of good things that are going on with him.

Zimmer said preparing to face Jones is “completely different” than preparing to face Eli Manning.

“He moves a lot more, he scrambles, we saw him scramble for the touchdown against Tampa Bay, he can get outside the pocket quite a bit more,” Zimmer said. “It looks like — Eli was a great player, so I’m not trying to bash him whatsoever — but Jones just seems like he’s playing very free, he just sees it and lets it loose, and he’s not worried about any ramifications, he’s just going out and playing the game, it looks like to me.”