Daniel Jones, Pat Shurmur
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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur isn’t rushing to play quarterback Daniel Jones, despite impressive preseason.

Let’s face it, the general population of fans didn’t like the New York Giants selecting Daniel Jones No. 6 overall back in April. That overall opinion continued when Jones experienced the boo birds during an appearance at Yankee Stadium this summer.

But fans are now starting to believe. In his first two preseason games, Jones has combined to complete 16 of his 19 throws for 228 yards and two touchdowns. However, despite the impressive outings thus far, head coach Pat Shurmur isn’t rushing to start Jones when the regular season rolls around. Ultimately, Shurmur isn’t surprised with how the rookie has fared thus far.

“People outside of our building seem surprised. We’re not. That’s why we picked him. And I think he’s making good progress as he goes along here,” Shurmur said after the Giants’ 32-13 exhibition victory over the Bears on Friday, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “He’s checking off all the boxes. When it’s his time to play he will be ready. I’m pleased with the progress he’s making.”

Jones finished 11-for-14 with 161 yards and a touchdown pass on Friday to receiver TJ Jones. He played the entire first half with the exception of their opening offensive series. Quarterback Eli Manning got the start and finished 4-for-4 with 42 yards and a touchdown pass to receiver Bennie Fowler Jr.

The former Duke Blue Devil’s time will come. But for right now, it’s Eli’s team, and the veteran will start for the Giants come Week 1 in Dallas.

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