Danny Dimes NFL Debut


Giants rookie, Daniel Jones

Roshan Vridhachalam and Geoffrey Dean

With the 6th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select, Daniel Jones, QB, Duke. Shock, anger, sadness. New York fans everywhere were devastated. Most were hoping for Josh Allen, Devin Bush, and even Dwayne Haskins if they were to go the QB route. A huge crowd in the Metlife Stadium watch party actually booed when Jones got drafted. It seemed that Giants fans would never have a spot for Daniel Jones in their hearts.

Jones shone through the preseason. 29 completed passes on 34 attempted passes. 85.3% completion percentage. 416 total yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. For a rookie, this was very impressive. Fans everywhere went from despising Jones to loving him. His nickname Danny Dimes was born. Daniel Jones shone through the preseason and had Giants fans everywhere hyped for the new season. It was only a matter of time until they would see this new stud.

Then Week 3 came. After falling to a record of 0 -2, Pat Shurmer announced that Daniel Jones would be the starting QB against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Many blame Eli for these problems, specifically his hesitancy to throw the ball downfield and constantly settling for short check-down throws. Daniel Jones, however, did not seem to have this reticence and let the ball fly several times through his four preseason appearances. While the data samples are not perfect, when comparing Jones’ throw locations during the preseason and Manning’s throw locations in the game preceding his benching, a week 2 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, it is clear that Jones has the willingness to take downfield risks on his dropbacks.

There was a lot of excitement around the league. From Giants fans to NFL experts, news about Jones was buzzing around the league. Everyone was excited to see the 6th round pick making his NFL debut. People all around the league were predicting that Jones would be the fire of the offense and lead the Giants to their first win.

At half time, things weren’t looking great for the G-Men. Down 28-10 and without their star running back, Saquon Barkley, it seemed that defeat was inevitable. They were going to lose. But, then Danny Dimes took over in the second half. Down big at halftime, he sparked an 18 point comeback after the break. Rushing in for a touchdown in the last couple of minutes, Jones completed an astonishing comeback for his first-ever win in the NFL. He had a very impressive game, completing 23 passes on 36 attempts, throwing for 353 yards, passing for 2 touchdowns and rushing for 2 touchdowns.

Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Daniel Jones seems to have a bright future ahead. It seems like he will have the starting job. Giants fans will give a lot of thanks to Eli Manning, beating the patriots twice as he won 2 Super Bowl MVPs. However, it’s time for a new era. It’s Danny Dimes’ time.