Jabrill Peppers
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New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers has a lot of high praise for Big Blue rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

When the New York Giants drafted Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in this year’s NFL Draft, many fans became critics. They either thought the Giants should’ve waited until their No. 17 pick to take Jones or if they were going to go quarterback at No. 6, go with Dwayne Haskins.

However, Jones is now their rookie quarterback and the future of the Giants at that position. And when it comes to the type of player he is, Giants safety Jabrill Peppers has nothing but praise.

“I think he’s gonna surprise a lot of people,” Peppers told Steve Serby of the New York Post. “Strong arm, very accurate. Just wait and see on Daniel, I think he’s gonna surprise a lot of people.”

Peppers also made it known that he doesn’t like the criticism expressed towards Jones. The rookie quarterback has experienced the boo birds as a member of the Giants before, and he hasn’t even played in an NFL game at this point.

“When we drafted him, he was the butt of a lot of jokes, people really didn’t like the pick,” Peppers said. “Even when I was at the [MetLife Stadium] draft party, it was like some boos. I didn’t really know him like that, but I knew of his coach, [David] Cutcliffe. I know the guys he produced and I met Coach Cutcliffe, and he’s a Coach Cutcliffe product. I’m automatically gonna give him the benefit of the doubt. But in practice he showed me some things, some throws he fit in some super-tight windows, and I just had to look at him like, ‘That was a good throw.’ ”

The Giants most likely won’t throw Jones in there to start right away. For right now, he needs to learn behind Eli Manning in order to be the most prepared for when the Giants do give him the nod to start.

As far as if Jones will become the next Eli for the Giants, Peppers responds, “I think so.”

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.