The Giants hope and expect to get Daniel Jones back as their starting quarterback for Sunday’s game in Baltimore and are looking no further than this week’s practice as they evaluate his health coming off two injuries.
Still, there is a season beyond this one, and Jones has struggled in Year 2 after a promising rookie season. Are the Giants sold on Jones for 2021?
“Daniel Jones is our quarterback,’’ head coach Joe Judge said Wednesday.
Jones strained his right hamstring Nov. 29 in Cincinnati and missed the next game, a victory in Seattle with Colt McCoy as the replacement starter. Jones returned in Week 14, was clearly not comfortable and sustained a sprained left ankle in a loss to the Cardinals. Jones sat out last week’s 20-6 loss to the Browns.
Jones was able to participate in the portion of Wednesday’s practice that was open to the media, taking the first snap with the starting offense in early drills.
“We’ll throw him through practice [Wednesday] and tomorrow and see where he’s at,’’ Judge said. “In a perfect world, I’d love to have an answer as soon as possible. I’m not going to go ahead and set a time-mark on this. We’ll come out of Friday after practice with some kind of answer. We’ve gotten good feedback from him and the trainers, but we’ll have to put him and see how he’s moving around.’’
The next opponent, the Ravens, also have a 23-year-old quarterback. Lamar Jackson, in his third season, is coming off winning the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award in 2019. He is entrenched as the franchise quarterback.
When did the Ravens know this? Was there an “aha’’ moment that convinced the organization they had their guy?
“I probably felt that after the first couple of games two years ago, the first year in 2018,’’ Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
Judge said it was not quite so dramatic with Jones.
“I don’t know if there’s an ‘aha’ moment,’’ Judge said. “I’m not saying [Harbaugh] is wrong to have had his own ‘aha’ moment. To me, it’s a string of moments. Watching Daniel work, watching the respect he has in the locker room, watching him improve throughout this season. He’s demonstrated a level of toughness and leadership and knowledge on the field that gives us confidence to put him out there and build with Daniel. I’m not going to point to one moment. I can talk about this entire season of this guy’s definitely earned my respect. I kind of made it very hard on him in the beginning in a lot of ways, and he hasn’t blinked.’’