The New York Giants take on the Cincinnati Bengals on August 21 after coming off a victory against the New England Patriots last week.
Still, there’s a bit of controversy coming from Giants training camp. While speaking with reporters on August 16, head coach Brian Daboll said that backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor may soon receive first-team reps in practice instead of presumptive starting quarterback Daniel Jones.
“Will [Taylor] get a few [first-team] reps here or there? He might,” Daboll said. “I learned from a pretty good coach a while ago — usually he doesn’t tell those guys when he throws them in because that’s what the backup’s role is. You have to go in in a split-second. You prepare like you’re a starter, but if the fourth play of the game something happens, you’re in. You’ve got to be ready to go. I don’t necessarily think we’ll tell those guys when that’s going to happen.”
Jones started in the first preseason game and completed six passes out of 10 attempts for 69 yards with the first team on the field. Taylor came in with the second team, completing 16 out of 21 passes for 129 yards and one touchdown.
Jones, who is entering his fourth year, has continued to struggle in camp, but Daboll went on to say that the Giants have “full confidence” in Jones and that Taylor’s receiving first-team reps would not change the fact that Jones is entering the regular season as the team’s starter.
“Absolutely not,” Daboll said when asked if Taylor’s potentially taking reps over Jones is an indictment on the latter.
If Daboll is to be believed, then the latest news about Taylor and Jones isn’t significant.
But don’t tell that to social media.
Fans and pundits reacted to SNY’s Connor Hughes when he tweeted: “Brian Daboll says Tyrod Taylor will get some first-team reps during camp, but that’s not an indictment on Daniel Jones. It’s always been plan #Giants.”
“It feel very much like an indictment on Daniel Jones,” tweeted independent NFL reporter Dov Kleiman.
One fan wrote on Twitter: “Me when I want to indict Daniel Jones.”
Another fan simply wrote: “Lying >>>>” in reference to Daboll’s quote.
Others aren’t overreacting to the news.
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan emphasized that Jones would remain QB 1, tweeting: “Brian Daboll asked if Tyrod Taylor will eventually get some 1st-team snaps. Says probably at some point. But goes out of his way to say he has 100% confidence in starter Daniel Jones. Will Tyron’s snaps be a reflection on how DJ has played? ‘Absolutely not.’
“Clear Jones is QB1.”
One fan responded to Raanan’s declaration by saying, “of course he is. this click about QB stuff is a waste of time. They’re not going to stand behind him all this time and pull out the rug, nor is it fair considering how hard he has worked trying to be successful behind an atrocious awful O line for two years.”
And one fans used sarcasm to weigh in on the discussion: “Taylor got no 1st team reps in practice today so this QB battle is really getting intense.”
What to Make of QB ‘Controversy’
It’s understandable that Jones is getting accustomed to new head coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka’s new offense. Still, there are definitely some levels of concern heading into the 2022 season.
The Giants declined Jones’ fifth-year option and will test Jones to see if he’s a part of their future. They will give Jones a shot no matter how much he struggles in the preseason.
If he fails, Taylor signed a two-year deal with $17 million, with $8.5 million in guaranteed money. He does have a history of being a starter. Taylor came to the Bills in 2015 after playing for the Baltimore Ravens for four seasons and won an open quarterback competition in training camp. He remained the starter for three seasons, helping guide the Bills to a playoff berth in 2017 and ending the team’s 17-year playoff drought.
His 2021 season started in flux after injuring his hamstring in Week 1. He missed six games and struggled after coming back, throwing for 966 passing yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions. He was eventually replaced by the then-rookie Davis Mills.
Against Wink Martindale’s heavy pressure defense, the Giants’ offense has looked stale during training camp. Even Taylor hasn’t had much success in training camp against the defense.