Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury assesses New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones’ success ahead of Sunday’s matchup.
The New York Giants have struggled in recent weeks, falling at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots. The Giants gained just 424 total yards in the pair of defeats and were outscored by a whopping 39 points.
Additionally, the Giants have gained just 308 yards combined through the air. Who’s the one man gaining that yardage? None other than 22-year-old Daniel Jones. The rookie quarterback has had an up-and-down start to his career, tossing five touchdowns to six picks through four starts.
However, the narrative is that Jones is doing well for the spot that he’s in. One individual that chooses this specific perception is Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
“We really liked him, I think you saw during his college career, he didn’t always have the top talent around him going against some very talented teams, but he always battled his tail off. He was a very productive player, very smart player, very tough player,” Kingsbury said this week, per Dan Benton of Giants Wire. “We really liked him, but Kyler was our guy but it’s not surprising how well he’s played and the success he is having.”
Kingsbury is referring to the scouting he did on Jones coming out of Duke. As a rookie head coach, Kingsbury came into the Cardinals organization with the idea that drafting a quarterback was an option to some and a need for others. The narrative was that the team was going to move in a different direction from Josh Rosen, who they previously drafted No. 10 overall in 2018.
The Cardinals took Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray with the top pick in the draft. New York wasn’t far back when it came to choosing their hopeful future at quarterback. Big Blue selected Jones No. 6 overall.
The Giants will play host to the Cardinals this coming Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. ET.