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Daniel Jones takes on critics of Giants’ offensive coordinator Jason Garrett

Quarterback says “I certainly don’t agree” with critics of Garrett’s scheme

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Maybe a few days after Daniel Jones threw for a career-high 402 yards, earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for leading the New York Giants to a comeback victory over the New Orleans Saints, wasn’t the best time to ask the quarterback about the constant criticism offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has faced.

Jones, though, was asked on Wednesday what he thinks when he hears that Garrett’s Giants’ offense is “too vanilla” or “too conservative.” Jones issued a strong defense of Garrett.

“I certainly don’t agree with it. I think when you watch the tape and you turn it on and you watch other offenses, I don’t think that’s a fair conclusion to draw from comparing different schemes,” Jones said. “I think more than anything, it’s been about us executing it and taking advantage of some of those plays that have been there. I thought we did a better job on Sunday, so we’ve got to continue to do that. I think the opportunities have been there and I think the stuff we’re doing on offense has kept defenses on their heels.”

Jones had considerable success throwing the ball down the field on Sunday, going 8 of 10 on throws at least 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.

Here are more takeaways from Jones’ Wednesday media availability.

On the impact lof eft tackle Andrew Thomas’s play ...

“It has a huge impact on me and on everyone I think. He’s played great, (there’s) no secret about it. When you turn on the tape, he’s shut down pass rushers and whoever’s he’s gone up against, he’s played really well – so big credit to him. It’s huge. It’s the ultimate team game and that’s an important position, and he’s played well.”

On winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week ...

“I’m certainly grateful to be recognized and (I) appreciate it. I think it says a lot about our offense and our team. We talked about Andrew – the whole team has to play well to score points and to gain a lot of yards, so I think it’s a credit to all those guys.”

On Joe Judge saying Jones has “weathered a lot of storms” as Giants’ QB ...

“I don’t know, I mean, we haven’t won enough games – that’s no secret – the first two years, and obviously this season didn’t start how we wanted it to or expected it to. Those are storms we’ve all had to weather, and we’ve got to continue to progress, continue to improve. I think it was a big win for us, but it’s over now and our focus is on Dallas and making sure we’re prepared this week.”

On whether dealing with that has made him tougher ...

“Yeah, I think so. I think it’s hard to win in this league and it doesn’t come easy. It comes with a lot of hard work and preparation. I think it’s taught that lesson more than anything. That’s important every week, like I said. Now the focus is preparing this week and making sure we’re prepared to play on Sunday.”

On whether rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney is improving ...

“He is. I thought he had a great week last week in practice and that kind of translated to the field and he made a ton of plays for us. I think you can see how dangerous he can be with the ball in his hands and making guys miss, staying on his feet, extending plays. I’ve got to continue to focus on doing that, getting him the ball. I think he’s come to it with the right approach of learning and we’re constantly talking and getting on the same page throughout the week as we game plan.”