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Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms believes rookie Daniel Jones has done what was expected of him thus far.

Back in April, the New York Giants selected quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft. At the time, the team expected him to come in, serve as a backup to Eli Manning and learn the system. Basically, they were going to give him enough time to prepare for when his name was called.

Then, Week 3 of this season rolled around. That’s when the Giants made the switch from Manning to Jones. At that time, the team expected him to not be a perfect quarterback, nor close to it. But, to receive as much experience as possible that would benefit him for the future. Prior to Week 9, he’s satisfying those expectations. At least, according to former Giants quarterback and Super Bowl 21 MVP Phil Simms.

“He has definitely lived up to the sixth pick of the draft,” Simms said in a phone interview with Jordan Raanan of ESPN. “I think everyone agrees with that. I don’t hear any dissension from all the people that I’m around in business, work with, behind the scenes. In fact, I hear the opposite. ‘Wow, OK, he looks like the really stable, productive quarterback that is going to stand the test of time too.’ I surely don’t look at him and go, ‘He’s having a good streak here.’ I see him as very capable.”

Despite the turnover woes (seven interceptions and six lost fumbles), Jones has proven that he could become a reliable and successful franchise quarterback for this organization. The decision-making will improve with time, just as it did with Manning and most others. Fans must practice the art of patience when discussing that aspect of his game.

Jones (10 touchdowns on the year) and the Giants are preparing for their Week 9 home matchup with the Cowboys. Big Blue and Dallas will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday night.

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