New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is ignoring the criticism the team has faced due to selecting him No. 6 overall.
It hasn’t been the easiest transition to the NFL thus far for New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones. It started off when Jones was surprisingly selected at No. 6 overall in the NFL draft. Many fans were unhappy with the pick, believing that the team should’ve gone with a dominant edge rusher.
The criticism then continued this week despite Jones impressing during organized team activities and minicamp. When shown on the jumbotron at Yankee Stadium on Monday night, Jones received some boos from fans. Not exactly the way you want to be treated before you’ve even played an NFL game.
However, Jones is taking the heat with a professional demeanor, as he should, and ignoring the criticism. Appearing on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Tuesday, Jones discussed that exact concept.
“I certainly don’t pay a whole lot of attention to it, but you’re aware of it. I’m focused on what we’re doing here and focused on trying to practice as well as I could these past six weeks and show some progress,” he said. “At the end of the day I’m grateful to be part of this franchise, get this opportunity.”
Last week, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur seemed to open the door to a quarterback competition. He mentioned to the media that the best quarterback would play. Jones doesn’t perceive the quote from his head coach in the way some fans have. He doesn’t believe it was a nod that he may start Week 1.
“I think everyone on our team is trying to prove they can play and everyone wants to play,” Jones said. “When coach said that I think that’s what any coach does at any level in any sport.”
Fans should go into this season with the expectation that Eli Manning will start, with Jones sitting on the bench. Jones needs to play the learning role for right now while the Giants help him prepare to take over at a later date.