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Mixed signals: Looking at Daniel Jones vs. the Denver Broncos

Some good signs, but is there enough progress?

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In his 2021 debut against the Denver Broncos, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones showed some of the things I was hoping to see from him this season. His decision-making, particularly when the post-snap picture changed from his pre-snap expectations, was solid. He looked good on some of those back-to-the-defense, play-action designs that cut into the time a quarterback has to diagnose the defense and make the right read. He made some throws, particularly in the downfield passing game, with great accuracy.

And yet, I imagine like many of you, I was left feeling underwhelmed.

Because while all of those are good signs for his development, they remain overshadowed by what we saw down the stretch. Failures in the red zone, another critical fumble lost, and ultimately a loss in a game that could have been a win.

Jones is still improving in places, but the question could soon become: Is the development happening quickly enough to overshadow the rest?

Let’s dive into his game:

Hopefully, for Jones’ sake, he is a fan of Ted Lasso and learned an important lesson from Season One.

Be a goldfish.

Short week, and he will need to turn it around against Washington for the Giants to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.