New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman says that one of the key components to playing quarterback in New York is the ability to handle the “mental load” of the New York market. Part of that, of course, is dealing with a critical media and a skeptical fan base uncertain that Jones should have been the sixth overall pick in the draft.
Appearing on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Monday night, Jones was asked about dealing with the reaction to his selection with the Giants. His answer perhaps gave a glimpse into the personality that attracted the Giants to him.
“I haven’t paid too much mind to that. I think that’s key to playing quarterback, to being consistent as a quarterback is keeping your head in the same place,” Jones said. “I think that just comes down to your confidence in yourself. Your confidence has gotta come from inside of you.
“If you’re looking externally for confidence then you’re also going to be affected by the negative as well. Just finding your confidence in yourself and knowing what you can do as a player, as a person is the way that works.”
Jones said he has spoken with Eli Manning since being selected by the Giants, and called being able to learn from him a “special opportunity.”
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for a young guy to go into a place where there’s a future Hall of Famer who’s done it for a really long time at a really level and definitely knows what it takes,” Jones said.
“That to me is a big advantage. I’m looking forward to it.”
What of the working relationship between the long-time franchise quarterback and the youngster selected to be his replacement?
“I think I understand he’s a got a job to do, I’ve got a job to do, so we’re going to do the best we can to help the Giants win as many football games as we can,” Jones said.