Daniel Jones’ third season in the NFL is officially over. The New York Giants‘ front office will have a monumental decision on its hands at the end of the 2021 season. However, the decision shouldn’t be a difficult one to make. The Giants are still searching for the answer to their puzzling quarterback problem, as Danny Dimes hasn’t shown why the team should commit to him moving forward.
The Giants are shutting Daniel Jones down for the season
Daniel Jones has missed the last three games due to a neck injury he suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12. The New York Giants just made an official decision on the quarterback’s status the rest of the way.
According to ESPN reported Jordan Raanan, the Giants are shutting Jones down for the remainder of the 2021 season.
The team placed Jones on injured reserve but is expecting the signal-caller to make a full recovery from his injury.
Jones finished the season with 2,428 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. New York posted a 4-7 record in the 11 games he started in 2021.
The Giants are sitting at 4-10, with the playoffs nowhere in sight. There’s no point in risking any further injury, as he’d surely take plenty more hits as the season winds down.
Another season comes to a close with doubts still looming about Jones’ ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
The 2019 1st-rounder has yet to take a step forward
The New York Giants seemed to have high hopes for Daniel Jones when they selected him with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, Jones has yet to live up to the expectations set before him. The Duke product came highly recommended by former Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe. New York was enamored by Cutcliffe’s relationship with the Manning family, having coached Eli Manning in college.
Jones is proving that he’s not his predecessor, though.
Danny Dimes’ best statistical season was his rookie campaign. He threw for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions while completing 61.9% of his passes.
Jones’ completion percentages have minimally improved year over year, but his production has drastically dipped since 2019.
The Charlotte, North Carolina native has shown some flashes across his three seasons but hasn’t been able to put together a complete effort. His biggest bugaboo has been taking care of the football. Jones is responsible for 40 turnovers in three seasons between interceptions and fumbles.
The third-year quarterback has made it difficult for Giants fans to trust the future of the franchise with him under center.
New York should shut Danny Dimes down for good
The New York Giants are shutting Daniel Jones down for the rest of the 2021 season, but they should consider moving on from him for good.
The 2019 first-rounder is still under contract with the team through the 2022 season, with an option for a fifth year in 2023. New York cannot afford to wait that long.
Jones hasn’t given the front office a reason to believe he can be the quarterback of the future. Former offensive coordinator Jason Garrett didn’t do him any favors. The offense has been pedestrian the past couple of seasons. Still, you either have it, or you don’t.
What can the Giants hang their hat on when it comes to Danny Dimes?
This team has some pieces in place to be competitive, but the quarterback position isn’t one that NFL teams can afford to mess up. Jones touches the ball every play, which is not a recipe for success.
With rumors swirling around veterans like Russell Wilson and Derek Carr, the front office must be feeling the pressure.
Drafting Danny Dimes always seemed like a mistake, and the on-field product agrees.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference