New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones succumbs to boos in an appearance Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
It can’t be fun to hear boos shouted down before an official snap has even taken place. Without a single opportunity to prove value, a rookie’s status within a city is oftentimes based on media narratives.
While attending the New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays game at Yankee Stadium, Jones was shown on the jumbotron in between innings. Not everyone cheered and greeted the new hometown quarterback, to say the least.
— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) June 18, 2019
It’s safe to say Jones may be used to the criticism already. Not everyone loved the pick when it was made back in April.
When the Giants drafted him No. 6 overall back in April, Jones was given the title “Eli Manning with less pizzaz.” Which, essentially, is just describing someone as the most boring person on the planet.
Fans all know how Eli has taken criticism and heat in his career, and it’s with grace, maturity, and professionalism. Thus far, it doesn’t seem like Jones will be any different. He’s currently learning behind Manning too, so he’ll develop into an even more professional human being than he already is at the moment.
To be honest, it’s kind of weird that Yankee fans (if it was Yankee fans and not opposing Rays fans who hate Jones for some reason) would boo the young quarterback. It’s understandable if you don’t like the Jones pick, and haven’t since the night it happened; but at this point, he’s the new Giants quarterback and the future of the team. It’s time to accept it at this point.
Jones has impressed thus far at OTAs, as well as in mandatory minicamp. Will there be a quarterback competition leading up to week one? I’d say no. Manning is the starter for right now and Jones is expected to learn behind him for the future.
But hey, crazier things than the newly-drafted rook hearing the boo-birds have happened.