Leadership on the offensive side of the football has not been a question for quite some time for the New York Giants. However, with this eventual season marking the first time in 17 years that future Hall of Famer Eli Manning will not be under center for Big Blue, there’s an obvious void to be filled.
The Giants are hoping projected franchise quarterback Daniel Jones is ready to man that leadership role left behind following Eli’s departure.
Yet, while many are ready to anoint the Giants as Jones’ team, the former 1st-rounder isn’t quite ready to get behind that notion. Jones addressed his leadership role within the organization during a Zoom conference call this week.
I certainly feel the responsibility of being a leader. That’s something I take seriously. But it’s our team… It’s not coach’s team, it’s not my team, it’s not Saquon’s team or anyone else’s. It’s our team.
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Jones Showing Why He’s the Future in NY
The guy just gets it. In a roundabout way, Jones stating the Giants are not his team shows you how much the Giants are actually his team. The G-Men have upgraded their roster tenfold this offseason. However, even the flashiest of additions pale into comparison to what Jones means to New York’s 2020 season. If the ex-Duke Blue Devil can continue to grow from a rookie campaign in which he led all first-year signal-callers in passing touchdowns with 24, and cut down on turnovers, the Giants have a real chance of making some noise in the NFC East. Jones clearly appears up for the task, and the man he is replacing believes he is as well.
“I think it will be easier this year for him to kinda step up as that leader,” Eli Manning said during a SiriusXM NFL Radio guest appearance last week. “Me being gone and hey, he is the quarterback, he is the guy, for him to have that control and the authority over receivers and offensive line.”
Jones’ Current Offseason Regimen
Jones’ offseason, like the rest of the league, has not gone according to plan. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench in the sports world and has made it severely more difficult for guys like Jones looking to take their game to new heights as they develop as professionals.
However, that hasn’t stopped the Giants quarterback from slinging the rock around and getting his body in football shape.
“I’m throwing with a small group of guys, trying to stay consistent and do our best to do that,” Jones stated. “But at the same time, keep my arm in shape, staying in shape, trying to stay on top of all of that. Down here in Charlotte, we’re obviously doing our best to social distance, but in terms of using space outside, we’re still committed to doing that. I’ve been throwing with a couple of guys.”
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