The 2020 season didn’t go how the New York Giants planned. They made strides on the defensive side of the ball, but their offense left a lot to be desired. The Giants’ offensive line was an inconsistent work in progress, they didn’t get the production they needed from their receiving options, and their resurgent running game couldn’t do enough to make up the difference.
The result was an offense which only trailed the New York Jets for fewest yards and points per game.
Making matters more complicated, sophomore quarterback Daniel Jones saw his production drop, throwing for fewer yards and touchdowns in a season marred by injury and plagued by turnovers. The play of the Giants’ offense, and Jones’ play in 2020, lead to some wondering whether the Giants would look at the quarterback position with the eleventh overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
To quiet those questions, the Giants’ brass confirmed in their press conference Tuesday that they remain committed to Jones.
Back in December of 2020, Judge threw his support behind Jones, saying “I don’t know if there’s an ‘aha’ moment,” Judge said. “To me, it’s a string of moments watching Daniel work. Watching the respect he has in the locker room. Watching him improve throughout this season. I think he’s demonstrated a level of toughness and leadership and knowledge on the field that gives us confidence to put him out there and build with Daniel. So I’m not going to point to one moment, but I can talk about this entire season of: This guy has definitely earned my respect. I made it very hard on him from the beginning in a lot of ways and he hasn’t blinked.”
Judge added at the time, “Daniel Jones is our quarterback.”
Judge doubled down on that Tuesday, saying that there’s been no change in his opinion of Jones, “It [his opinion of Jones] hasn’t at all. We have confidence in Daniel.” He added that the team remains committed to Jones despite all the movement around the league regarding the quarterback position.
General manager Dave Gettleman added his own support for Jones when he took the podium, saying “We’ve got a conviction on him. He’s everything we want.”
Gettleman went on to add that the Giants are not looking at the veteran quarterbacks being dealt around the League. Of course, that still leaves the door open for the Giants to select a young developmental quarterback later in the draft. With Alex Tanney retiring and joining the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff, there is a potential opening for a young back-up behind Colt McCoy.
But at this point the message is clear: the Giants are content with Daniel Jones as their starting quarterback.