25 Sep Getting to Know Daniel Jones
The sixth overall pick in this years draft led the Giants to an incredible comeback win against the Buccaneers in his debut start this past Sunday. Jones went 23-of-36 with 336 yards, two rushing and passing touchdowns, including a 75-yarder to Engram. Jones’ second 7-yard rushing touchdown came with less than two minutes left, and capped off an 18-point comeback that gave the Giants (1-2) their first win of the season. No rookie in NFL history, let alone one making his first start on the road, in place of a quarterback who had won two Super Bowls had ever thrown for at least 300 yards while both rushing and passing for multiple touchdowns.
Name: Daniel Stephen Jones III
Born: May 27, 1997 (age 22) in Charlotte, North Carolina
High school: Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina
College: Duke Jones became the starting quarterback in his sophomore season in 2016 after quarterback Thomas Sirk suffered a seasonending injury. Jones started all 12 games, completing 270 of 430 passes (62.8%) for 2,836 yards, sixteen touchdowns and nine interceptions. During his senior year in 2018, Jones was named the MVP in the 2018 Independence Bowl with he went 30/41 with 423 passing yards and five touchdowns. He later played in the 2019 Senior Bowl for the North team, and was also the MVP of that game, going 8/11 with 115 passing yards and one touchdown.
NFL Draft: 2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6 for the New York Giants.
Favorite Football Team growing up: Carloina Panthers
How excited are you to be playing in the NFL for the New York Giants? Very excited. Playing for the Giants & playing in New York has always been a dream of mine. New York is the biggest stage. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.
Growing up who was your boyhood idol? Definitely my father. He always put me and my siblings first in anything he did.
Describe your quarterbacking style. I think I’m a guy who plays from the pocket and a guy who can make all the throws. I see accuracy as a strength of my game, but I think I’m athletic enough to be able to extend plays, to move around the pocket and make things happen. I’m very confident in myself and who I am.
Do you consider yourself a confident quarterback? I think confidence is the key to playing quarterback. It comes down to confidence in yourself, and your confidence has got to come from inside of you. I think if you’re looking externally for confidence, then you’re also going to be affected by the negative as well. Just finding confidence in yourself and knowing what you can do as a player, as a person, is kind of the way that works and the best way to think about handling a lot of stuff.
What are you looking forward to most about playing this year for the Giants? I’m focused on being the best player I can be, be the best teammate I can be, and whenever my time comes, on winning football games. I’m looking forward to learning a lot!