The New York Giants are set to take on a rookie quarterback for the second time this season when Kyler Murray and the Cardinals come to town.
Murray was the only quarterback selected before Jones in the 2019 NFL Draft as he was selected with the first-overall pick by the Cardinals. At Oklahoma, Murray won the Heisman Trophy in 2018 after a season that saw him lead the Sooners to the college football playoff.
Now in the NFL, Murray has the Cardinals at 2-3-1 and one win away from matching their season win total from 2018.
Murray will be the first rookie quarterback that has started against the Giants this season but the second to play against them as Dwayne Haskins came in to replace an injured Case Keenum during New York’s 24-3 victory over the Washington Redskins in week four.
With Murray set to lead his Cardinals into MetLife Stadium, let’s take a lack back at some the Giants recent history taking on rookie quarterbacks.
Jameis Winston (Nov. 8, 2015)
In 2015, the Giants traveled to Tampa Bay to take on rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers.
Winston made life difficult as he went 19-36, passing for 247 yards and added 24 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown.
The Giants led for much of the afternoon, but Winston gave his team a chance down eight with time for one final possession. Instead, the Bucs fumbled, which was scooped and scored by Trevin Wade, sealing a New York victory.
Final Score: Giants 32, Buccaneers 18
Dak Prescott (Sept. 11 & Dec. 11, 2016)
Twenty-sixteen marked the beginning of the Dak Prescott era in Dallas after Tony Romo suffered an injury in the preseason.
Prescott’s NFL debut came against the Giants in week one of the 2016 season in Dallas. The game saw veteran Eli Manning outplay Prescott as Manning tossed three touchdowns, putting 20 points on the board.
Prescott would help keep the game close; however, as he threw for 227 yards and did not turn the ball over but fell a point short as New York spoiled his NFL Debut.
Final Score: Giants 20, Cowboys 19
Prescott and the Cowboys entered the week 14 rematch with the Giants 13-1 on the season, having not lost since New York came to town in week one.
The Giants would prove to be their kryptonite as the red-hot Prescott struggled as he threw for just 165 yards with two interceptions as the Giants defense swarmed the rookie.
New York’s offensively wouldn’t manage much, but down 7-3 Odell Beckham Jr. broke off a 61-yard touchdown to seal a 10-7 victory for New York.
Final Score: Giants 10, Cowboys 7
Carson Wentz (Nov. 6 & Dec. 22, 2016)
Like the Cowboys, 2016 was a beginning of a new era in Philadelphia as the second-overall draft pick Carson Wentz took over as the team’s quarterback.
His first of two games as a rookie against the Giants came in Week 9 of the 2016 season. Wentz got off to a slow start throwing interceptions in each of the Eagles’ first two possessions but heated up late to finish the day 27-47 with 364 passing yards.
However, the early interceptions would seal his team’s efforts as it helped New York take an early 14-0 lead they would not surrender as they went onto win their first game against the Eagles since 2013.
Final Score Giants 28, Eagles 23
Wentz got a second chance against the Giants week 16 on Thursday Night Football in Philadelphia. With New York able to clinch a postseason berth with a victory Wentz and the Eagles played spoiler.
The rookie went 13-24, passing for 152 yards and a touchdown and added 27 yards on the ground. This was enough to out-duel Manning despite his 356 passing yards as the Eagles went onto steal a victory from the Giants.
Despite the loss, New York clinched a playoff berth later that weekend.
Final Score: Eagles 24, Giants 19
C.J. Beathard (Nov. 12, 2017)
In week 10 of the 2017 season, the Giants traveled to San Francisco for a battle of two of the worst teams in the football. The Giants entered play a woeful 1-7 while the 49ers were even worse at 0-9.
Starting at quarterback for 49ers was sixth-round pick C.J. Beathard who was keeping the newly acquired Jimmy Garoppolo‘s seat warm while he learned the offense.
Beathard would not disappoint as he threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns while adding a third touchdown on the ground leading the 49ers to their first win of the season and making then Giants head coach Ben McAdoo’s seat a little warmer.
Dwayne Haskins (Sept. 29, 2019)
While Beathard was the last rookie to start against the Giants, New York did clash with Dwayne Haskins during week 4 of the 2019 season.
Haskins replaced an injured Case Keenum as the Redskins looked to climb out of an early hole against Daniel Jones in the Giants. In his NFL debut, Haskins struggled as he was picked three times, including one going for a touchdown and could not find the end zone.
The loss sent the Redskins to 0-4 while evening the Giants’ record at 2-2.