New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur added some fuel to the Daniel Jones hype train on Wednesday, saying the Giants “haven’t seen anything that he can’t do in terms of playing quarterback.”
The Giants were, of course heavily panned for taking the former Duke quarterback No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Could the Giants end up being right and the scouting community that didn’t see Jones as a franchise quarterback end up being wrong?
While Jones has yet to take an NFL snap and Eli Manning is the Giants’ starting quarterback, his work throughout the spring was encouraging.
“In my mind, he has exceeded expectations,” Shurmur said of Jones’ work thus far. “He’s very smart. I think as everybody gets to know him … We had more of the information about Daniel Jones than some of the people that covered him.
“We’re less surprised about things than maybe some other people are because we knew he could throw the ball. We knew he could move around. We knew he was smart. We knew he was tough. So we knew all of those things, and he hasn’t disappointed us in any of those areas.”
Here’s more of what you might call Shurmur’s pre-training camp scouting report on Jones:
“He’s one of the first guys in, one of the last guys to leave. He gets it from that standpoint,” Shurmur said. “He throws the ball well, moves around well, he executes at a high level out there on the practice field. Training camp is the next step as we prepare for the preseason games and getting him ready to play so that he’s ready to go when it’s his time.”
When that time will be is anyone’s guess, and depends largely upon how the season plays out for the Giants.
What does Shurmur want to see from Jones during training camp?
“Well, continue to grow. I think it’s important that he learns something new every day,” Shurmur said. “A lot of what he’s doing, he’s doing for the first time. And it’s really a process. You go from not even practicing against a defense, to against your own defense, then you put the pads on, and then you’re involved in preseason games. As we go through all of the steps, see him have success.”