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The mother of New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is super excited to watch her son in an NFL uniform Thursday night.

New York Giants fans will finally get to see their newly-drafted quarterback Daniel Jones in an NFL game on Thursday. Yes, it’s only a preseason game, but these exhibition matchups are mostly for the rookies and backups. It’ll be interesting to see how Jones fares in his first showing.

While many are excited, there’s no one more excited to see Daniel play than his mother, Becca, and his father, Steve.

“We can’t wait. … We cannot wait to see him take the field,” Becca told Steve Serby of the New York Post. “We know he’s going be prepared, we know he’s going to be ready. And we’re just thrilled to see him become a part of this amazing opportunity with the Giants organization.”

The real work for Daniel is just beginning. Getting to the NFL is one thing. However, it’s another thing to prove your worth once your there. At the end of the day, Becca appreciates all the work put in that’s gotten them to this moment.

“So much has gone into this. … On one hand this has been the custom for Daniel, he takes the field, and it’s a step up from the year before,” Becca said. “But obviously this is far above any other year — this is the top. We’re just thrilled that he’s getting the chance to have a career in football. It should be fun — and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

Daniel is expected to become the eventual successor to Eli Manning. He’s the first quarterback the Giants have drafted in the first round since 2004 when they drafted Phillip Rivers (and then traded him for Manning).

With that comes a ton of pressure and, unfortunately thus far, some criticism. Daniel experienced some boos during an appearance at Yankee Stadium in June, which is so unnecessary due to the fact that he hasn’t played an NFL game yet.

As far as the criticism, Becca believes Daniel can get through all of it.

“He knows who he is,” she said. “He’s grounded, I think. He cares somewhat [what they say] if he listens. … We’re all human. But, at the end of the day, I think he’s good at tuning out noise and knows he can objectively decide for himself how he believes he’s doing. Especially in the context of football.”

The Giants will take on the New York Jets in their first preseason game at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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