New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones seems like a Manning, acts like a Manning, was educated like a Manning, and has the objectives of a Manning.
That’s factor, proper?
Well, by way of the large image, sure, which is one thing Jones, who was formally launched to the Giants media Friday in between exercises on the crew’s rookie minicamp, acknowledged.
“I think the goal is to win Super Bowls. That is the goal, no doubt about it,” he stated, a objective that, if he accomplishes would make him the second quarterback in franchise historical past to take action for the reason that 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
While Jones is wanting ahead to studying the offense and learn how to navigate a New York market that isn’t for the faint of coronary heart, this younger man must be afforded a chance to forge his path fairly than be in comparison with Manning or fellow Duke alumnus Dave Brown, the Giants first-round choose within the 1992 supplemental draft.
That’s not going to be simple. Fans who have a look at the 6-foot-5, 221-pound Jones, and who know of his grooming underneath David Cutcliffe, the Manning brothers’ mentor, see a man too just like the quarterback who, no matter how a lot of the blame he truly deserves, has been a continuing on groups that, since 2012, have posted a 47-65 file, and which, for the primary time for the reason that 1977-1978 seasons, completed lifeless final within the division in consecutive seasons.
“When we went through the process, we were very certain that he’d be his own man, that’s why we picked him. And we’re very certain that he can handle the scrutiny that comes with being the quarterback of the New York Football Giants,” head coach Pat Shurmur stated.
“It’s a lot of attention, a lot of passion for what we do and especially for the guy that played that position and we’re very certain that he can handle it.”
As Jones begins to carve out his means within the NFL, he’s good sufficient to grasp that in Manning, he has one thing that neither Kyler Murray of the Cardinals or Dwayne Haskins of Washington actually have at their disposal: A veteran mentor who has loved longevity and success in his profession on and off the sphere.
“Anyone that has played that long and had that much success, he certainly has a routine, and there is a reason he has had that success,” Jones stated of the benefit of having the ability to sit behind Manning.
“To me, I think it is just watching him every day and learning what he does—how he carries himself and how he prepares every week. Being able to watch that and learn from that is an awesome opportunity.”
But whereas Jones is set to be a sponge and absorb as a lot information as attainable from Manning, he additionally subtly steered that he’s wanting ahead to turning into his personal man.
“I think the first thing that I have thought is to understand how awesome it is to have a guy like Eli. Keeping that in mind and making sure that every day I am learning from him,” he stated, including, “Also, focusing on improving myself, which is a big part of that process as well.”
That course of for Jones begins this weekend with studying his means across the crew’s facility to, extra importantly, studying the playbook.
“I think there is certainly a lot to it,” he stated, chuckling when requested concerning the playbook.
“That is an adjustment from the college level. It is a lot of good stuff. Coach Shurmur has been a whole lot of places, and the way he has explained it to me is that he has taken pieces from everywhere he has been and has put together his own stuff. To me, that is the best of all the worlds.”
Within that playbook, are some components that ought to make Jones really feel proper at house.
“There are some similarities here and there,” he famous. “As far as the verbiage, the play calls, they are different. They will be different anywhere you go.”
What he hopes to exhibit is that he can soak up all the data being thrown his means shortly sufficient to have the ability to execute it at observe. Jones realizes that it’s a course of that gained’t occur in a single day, but it surely’s one he’s dedicated to seeing via.
At the identical time, Jones is wise sufficient to grasp that till such time when he both hoists his first Lombardi trophy or bottoms out and will get lower, he’s going to be a lightning rod for consideration.
Not that it issues to Jones.
“It would be hard to be completely unaware of a lot of that stuff and the way it works,” he stated. “I feel anybody that comes into New York can see that there’s extra consideration than they’ve had beforehand.
“I don’t focus on it,” he added. “There is a lot to focus on and a lot to learn right now. Being here, learning the offense and trying to pick up a bunch of stuff. I am not sure I can really afford to focus on a lot of that stuff.”
“Listen, if you’re in this game long enough, if you’re in the arena, you get cheered and you get booed,” Shurmur stated when requested what gave him confidence that Jones would keep on track towards being his personal man. “He’s smart enough to handle that kind of stuff and do what he can to help us win football games.”
Jones was requested if that might be simpler stated than completed, blocking out the noise and expectations from those that are itching to color him as both the subsequent Manning or the subsequent Brown.
He shook his head barely. “It is just focusing on what we are doing,” he stated. “I am going to be busy learning the playbook and learning what it is like to be here. I don’t think I will have a lot of time to think and reflect on that. There will be plenty of things to keep me busy.”