After starting off 0-2 for the sixth time in seven seasons, the New York Giants head into Tampa Bay with a new starting quarterback for the first time since Eli Manning’s infamous one-game benching in 2017.
In the wake of their latest loss on Sunday, head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters that he would not commit to Manning as his starting quarterback this week. Low-and-behold, less than 24-hours later, Shurmur announced that he was going with rookie first-round pick Daniel Jones over Manning on Tuesday morning.
Let’s take a look at the five reasons Daniel Jones will pickup a victory in his first career start!
While it is less than ideal for the rookie quarterback to get his first start on the road, Shurmur felt “in his gut” that now was the time to make the move to insert Jones under center.
Although the offensive struggles through the first two-games (15.5 ppg) were certainly not all on Eli, this decision makes sense for several reasons, including Jones ability to move around in the pocket and extend plays with his legs.
This is something that Manning cannot do, which doesn’t exactly mesh well with Shurmur’s scheme. Now with Jones in the lineup, you can expect to see a lot of play action passes, roll outs, and read options given his mobility.
It will also be interesting to see how the tandem of Jones and star running back Saquon Barkley is utilized in the red zone and short yardage situations. Teams will now have to account for basically two-running threats in these scenarios, which should amount to more points.
Dynamic tight end Evan Engram, along with the return of WR1, Sterling Shepard (concussion), should benefit Jones in his debut, as well.
Jones is looking to build off of a stellar preseason, where he led all signal callers in completion percentage (85%). The sixth overall pick’s overall stat line in exhibition play was 29-for-34, 416 yards, and two touchdowns. He also went 3-of-4 for 17 yards, and a fumble during garbage time in the Giants Week 1 loss at Dallas.