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Giants news, 9/25: Brett Favre — Daniel Jones’ debut “couldn’t have gone any better”

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Brett Favre: “The kid played great”

Everyone is talking about Giants quarterback Daniel Jones. Legendary quarterback Brett Favre isn’t any different. Favre discussed Jones debut on the Sirius XM NFL Radio show he co-hosts with Bruce Murray:

“Daniel Jones did exactly what he needed to do. He did exactly what they had hoped he would do given that opportunity. … The kid played great and did a heck of a job in a lot of different ways. Really from a debut standpoint it couldn’t have gone any better.”

Favre said the fact that Jones is a Giant, with the pressure of the media market and replacing Eli Manning, added to how impressive he was against Tampa Bay.

“It was a different debut than most because of all the circumstances which you just alluded to. And that’s a lot of pressure. That is a tremendous amount of pressure, as if it wasn’t a lot of pressure to begin with. And the fact that he is replacing, I think, a future Hall of Famer in a hostile environment – and I’m talking about really from your own fans, the expectation level is always at an all-time high in New York, and the patience level is at a very low standard with the fans there. They expect it now. And he delivered. He delivered,” Favre said. “I think what really impressed me throughout the entire game was his poise. He played as if that was his 50th start, and just seemed calm and cool and collected in every phase and at every point during the game.”

Running back tryouts

The Giants worked out a trio of veteran running backs on Tuesday — Benny Cunningham, Fozzy Whittaker and Zach Zenner.

The Giants, of course, need to find a backup for Wayne Gallman with Saquon Barkley sidelined for several weeks with a high ankle sprain. They currently do not have a healthy one on their 53-man roster.

Cunningham, 5-foot-10, 218 pounds, has six years of NFL experience with the Rams and Chicago Bears. He has 797 rushing yards on 191 carries (4.2 yards per attempt) and 114 career receptions. Whittaker is also a six-year veteran. He has 615 career yards on 149 carries (4.1 yards per attempt) and 68 receptions. Zenner, 5-11, 224 pounds, played four seasons with the Detroit Lions. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry (174 carries, 685 yards) and caught 27 passes.

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