Giants Dave Gettleman: An important year for Daniel Jones

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Even the man with everything riding on Daniel Jones knows it’s go-time.

Dave Gettleman admitted as much.

“This is an important year for Daniel and an important year for us,” the Giants’ general manager said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday. “What can I tell you? I’m stating the obvious.”

Jones must have a big year to prove he is the franchise quarterback Gettleman thought he would become when he took him with the sixth pick in the 2019 draft. Gettleman went on to say he has “great confidence” in Jones, who is entering his third season in the NFL.

Gettleman has surrounded Jones with more talent, adding two receivers in the offseason — top free agent Kenny Golladay and first-round pick Kadarius Toney (20th overall) — along with veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph. Star running back Saquon Barkley will return. And, after having to learn a new offense each of his first two years in the league, Jones is now in his second year in offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s system.

“He’s done some really good stuff in camp so far,” Gettleman said. “You have to remember he switched offenses [after his first year]. It takes time. But I have great confidence in Daniel Jones.”

Consistency has so far eluded Jones, and so has winning. He has won eight starts and lost 18. He had 24 touchdown passes and just 12 interceptions as a rookie, but lost 11 fumbles. He cut down on his fumbles last year, losing only six, but threw just 11 touchdown passes as the Giants’ offense finished next-to-last in the NFL in points per game at 17.5. His passer rating fell, from 87.7 as a rookie to 80.4 a year ago.

Jones will have more weapons this year, but also will face more pressure. As Gettleman said, it’s an important year for him. In other words, it’s time for him to produce.

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