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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones plans to keep improving even if he’ll be on the bench to start of the regular season.

Daniel Jones silenced a lot of critics this preseason, to say the least. He was booed in an appearance at Yankee Stadium. Not to mention, a ton of New York Giants fans wanted no part of him with the sixth pick.

That same guy completed 85% of his throws for 416 yards, two touchdowns, and zero picks through four exhibition matchups. Yeah, it’s only preseason. But you’d much rather have that stat line than, say, 52% completion percentage for 283 yards, one touchdown, and three picks. Even though fans may not see Jones perform on the game field for some time, the rookie out of Duke is still looking to improve on the bench.

“I think there are a lot of ways to improve even if you are not getting as many reps,” Jones said after Big Blue’s preseason victory in New England on Thursday, per Nick Wojton of SNY. “It’ll be different. It’ll be laid out differently how we’re preparing. I look forward to that, it’ll be another opportunity to kind of learn and prepare that way.”

Jones added that he’s looking forward “to the next step.”

For right now, Eli Manning will remain the starter; this will continue to be Eli’s team. Jones will take the time to learn and prepare as much as possible for the future. Whether that takes two months or two years, fans can only wait and watch.

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