Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan says he’d rather have New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones than New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.
Look no further, there are numerous up-and-coming quarterbacks in New York. Sam Darnold of the New York Jets is looking to have a productive second-year when he returns from mononucleosis. New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is coming off a huge inaugural start that included four total touchdowns in a win against Tampa Bay.
That being said, the future of pro football in New York could be led by these two individuals. Do we start comparing them? Apparently former Jets and Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan has. This week, the current ESPN analyst stated that he would rather have Jones on his team than Darnold.
“The reason I’m saying it is because I think his fundamentals are much better,” Ryan said on ESPN’s “Get Up” on Monday, per Greg Joyce of the New York Post. “I love Sam Darnold, don’t get me wrong. I still think he’s going to be a tremendous player. But I think this guy right here [Jones] has got competitive greatness in him. I think he’s going to be a superstar.”
Jones completed 23 of his 36 passes on Sunday for 336 yards and two touchdowns. He additionally carried the ball four times for 28 yards and two scores on the ground. Not many expected Jones to start this early in the season, and Ryan actually didn’t want to see the Giants make the switch in Week 3.
“I mean, nobody could see this coming,” Ryan said. “Look, I’ll be honest, I never wanted to see him come in this early in the season. But now I get why they did it. They realize what they have here. He was ready to perform at this level sooner actually than I thought. I thought it was going to be the bye week and then he was going to come in.
“But I knew this kid, he’s got the markings of a superstar.”
Jones and the Giants will be looking to build off this big 32-31 win over the Buccanneers heading into Week 4. They face off against the 0-3 Washington Redskins this coming Sunday at home at 1:00 p.m. ET.