When the New York Giants drafted Daniel Jones No. 6 overall the reaction wasn’t kind. Fans didn’t like it. Media panned it. Jones got booed at Yankee Stadium before even throwing a pass as a Giant.
Dave Brown knew that wasn’t necessarily about Jones. The former Duke quarterback, who had a mediocre career with the Giants after being selected in the first round of the 1992 Supplement Draft, told Rich Eisen on Thursday that he knows a lot of that vitriol was about him.
“Some of it is maybe a hangover from my career there,” Brown said. “It’s a little bit unfair. The Giant fans has the history of the Duke quarterback being there that didn’t work out so well. It’s unfortunate he’s getting lumped into that.”
Brown was a Giant for six seasons. He was the starter for three seasons and part of a fourth before finishing his career with four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
Brown’s thoughts on Jones?
“He’s off to a great start. He had a great preseason,” Brown said. “I sort of think what happened last week with Josh Allen and his ability to make plays outside of the pocket ... that was probably one of the reasons they made that move this week.”
Brown said that watching Jones at Duke his “one big concern” was Jones sometimes throwing late.
“I’ve not seen that with the Giants so far,” he said.
“I think he’s going to be a really good quarterback. I’m rooting for him, obviously. Every year there’s sort of the diamond in the rough they’ve found. I think this could be the guy.”
Brown told some great stories about the comparisons between playing for Steve Spurrier in a quarterback friendly system at Duke vs. playing for Dan Reeves in a restrictive one with the Giants, the clandestine way in which he ended up with the Giants and more.
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