New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is impressing head coach Pat Shurmur thus far as they begin training camp.
On Monday, the New York Giants rookies reported to training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ. The veterans reported on Wednesday, however, won’t take the field until Thursday.
The rookies have already taken the field for their initial rookie workouts in this training camp period, with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones taking part in numerous drills with quarterback Kyle Lauletta. The latter was one of the few non-rookies working out with the first-year players on Wednesday.
Although it’s only been a few days thus far into the new chapter for these rookies’ careers, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is already impressed with what Jones has done.
“In my mind, he has exceeded expectations,” Shurmur said, per Michael Eisen of the Giants official website. “He’s very smart. I think as everybody gets to know him…We had more of the information about Daniel Jones than some of the people that covered him. We’re less surprised about things than maybe some other people are because we knew he could throw the ball. We knew he could move around. We knew he was smart. We knew he was tough. So we knew all of those things, and he hasn’t disappointed us in any of those areas.”
Shurmur went to say that they “really haven’t seen anything that he can’t do in terms of playing quarterback. Now it’s just a matter of going out and doing it.”
The Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft. With Eli Manning entering his 16th season, many fans want the Giants to part ways with the veteran quarterback and go with the younger option. However, the Giants have made it known that a quarterback competition won’t take place and that Eli will be the starter come Week 1.
That being said, Jones will sit on the bench and learn in order to be prepared for when he gets the nod to start. Whether that’ll be in 2020 or later is unclear at the moment.