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Giants to attend Kaepernick workout
The Giants will reportedly attend Saturday’s workout by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has not played in the NFL since 2016, after he began kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.
Why would the Giants attend the workout? Their future is tied to Daniel Jones. They aren’t replacing the 2019 No. 6 overall pick with a quarterback who will turn 33 next season and won’t have played in three seasons. Kaepernick, if he truly wants to play again, would seem unlikely to join a team where he doesn’t at least have the opportunity to compete for a starting job.
This is likely just due diligence, a unique opportunity to check on a player. Why wouldn’t the Giants send a representative?
Daniel Jones is Pat Shurmur’s best chance
I wrote on Tuesday that the strongest argument for keeping Pat Shurmur as head coach of the Giants involves the development of Daniel Jones. Others appear to agree.
Here is Paul Schwartz of the New York Post:
The best lifeline for Shurmur might be his relationship with Jones. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft took over for Eli Manning two games into the season and certainly shows more positive than negative attributes. He has thrown nearly twice as many touchdown passes (15) as he has interceptions (eight), impressive for any rookie, and his glaring red flag is his NFL-high 13 fumbles (nine fumbles lost).
Shurmur wants to hitch his wagon to Jones for the long haul, and continuity in the maturation of the new franchise quarterback will be considered by ownership and general manager Dave Gettleman when it comes time to assess who stays and who goes.
It’s early, but Jones has shown signs that he might have a chance to be that quarterback down the line. Shurmur believes in him, and he believes in Shurmur.
Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch will eventually have their say, and how these final six games of another lost season in the standings play out will determine - at the very least - whether Shurmur and Jones get another season to grow old together and show they both belong.
For what it’s worth, Rex Ryan is adamant that Jones is a better quarterback than Sam Darnold of the New York Jets.
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