Another Week, Another Setback for Disappointing New York Giants’ QB
As the New York Giants took the field in Las Vegas on Sunday, the team's starting quarterback, Daniel Jones, jogged onto the field to join them.
Jones hadn't played a snap of football since October 8th against Miami, when he sustained a neck injury, and was forced to leave the game. After missing three games, Jones returned from injury, yet just over one quarter into his return, he was injured again.
We're still waiting for news on the official diagnosis, but in the mean time, I can tell you one thing: Daniel Jones is running out of second chances in New York.
Daniel Jones Sustains Injury, Forced to Leave Game for New York Giants Again
First, let's take a look at the sequence in which Jones was injured. The injury appears to have been sustained on this play, which was the last play of the first quarter:
The play was ruled as a sack for Raiders' star defender Maxx Crosby. Jones remained in the game for another play, the first of the second quarter, and this happened:
It was ruled as another sack, and ended up being Jones' last play of the game. Backup QB Tommy DeVito was forced into action again, as Tyrod Taylor was ruled out after sustaining an injury of his own last week.
As reported by Jordan Raanan of ESPN, the Giants' "initial fear" is that Jones tore his ACL during this sequence. That would effectively end his season, and drastically change the conversation around the team heading into this offseason.
Regardless of the final diagnosis, the New York Giants are in a situation in which they will likely finish among the league's worst teams. They will receive one of the top draft picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, and at this point, would be wise to select one of the top QB prospects.
Jones has one more year on his contract in which his salary --- $40 million --- is guaranteed. The Giants, who likely won't contend for a Super Bowl in 2024 anyway, can follow the blueprint of teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons. That involves playing your incumbent QB (Jones) until you feel that your rookie QB (insert name here) is ready to take the reins, following which you make the switch at the QB position, and hope it sticks.
Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll deserve the opportunity to draft and develop their own franchise QB --- their own Josh Allen, if you will --- as Jones was simply the best option available to them when both ex-Bills' employees got their respective jobs.
For Danny Dimes, unfortunately, that would mean that the metaphorical vending machine is officially out of chances to be the long-term solution in New York.
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