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New York Giants wide receiver Russell Shepard praises rookie quarterback Daniel Jones after their first preseason game on Thursday.

Daniel Jones stole the show on Thursday night, and he only played one drive for the New York Giants.

In his first preseason game, Jones went 5-for-5 with 67 yards and a touchdown. A nice 12-yard score from Jones to receiver Bennie Fowler in the back right corner of the endzone is what gave the Giants a 7-6 lead in the first quarter.

After the game, receiver Russell Shepard, who caught a 51-yard touchdown from Alex Tanney, praised the rookie quarterback. Shepard also makes it known that Jones will definitely get to that next level as a pro quarterback.

“I’ve said it before: I think he’s going to be very special,” Shepard told Jordan Raanan of ESPN. “He just has to wait for his time, and I think when his number is called and his time comes, I have no doubt this city and this organization is going to fall in love with Daniel Jones. He’s going to be a good one.”

The Giants eventually won the game 31-22. Scores came from Fowler, Shepard, receiver T.J. Jones, who caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Lauletta, and undrafted linebacker Jack Carlock, who had a 59-yard pick-six.

Eli Manning only played one series for the Giants, a three-and-out that resulted in him completing his only pass attempt for three yards.

The Giants’ second preseason game will be next Friday, Aug. 16 against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium.

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