Daniel Jones wanted one thing, something, to salvage this evening, to construct on for the beginning of his put-up-or-shut-up season.
He had been weighed down in his first preseason begin, held down but once more by an offensive line that has nonetheless not been fastened, and a left deal with who seems to be nothing just like the fourth-overall decide of the 2020 NFL Draft, by key weapons who haven’t performed a lick all summer time, and he had simply rolled proper and thrown an egregious end-zone interception on third down from the New England 1 to cornerback D’Angelo Ross that served as an ominous warning that he has and could have little or no margin for error this season.
He had engineered 4 drives, with suits and begins and one fairly 22-yard throw throughout the sphere on third right down to Sterling Shepard, one near-interception, unable to maintain success, and failed to complete and get his group ultimately zone.
However lastly, when he was given time to face tall within the pocket, he started to resemble the franchise quarterback the franchise so dearly and desperately believes in: a gorgeous 23-yard TD strike to TE Kaden Smith to cap a nine-play, 58-yard drive.
Jones (17-for-22, 135 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) was 7-for-8 on his two-minute drive for 55 yards in opposition to Invoice Belichick’s reserves, whereas additionally scrambling out of bounds for 4 yards on third-and-2 previous his TD cross.
Fortunately, the sky didn’t fall on Daniel Jones when Joe Decide eliminated the Bubble Wrap and let him play the primary half of Patriots 22, Giants 20.
The query now remaining with the Broncos on faucet for the Sept. 12 regular-season opener:
Can the sky presumably be the restrict for him with this offensive line?
Are the Giants doomed to a gradual begin with so a lot of Jones’ weapons sidelined this summer time and an offensive line that exhibits no indications that it has been lastly fastened?
Initially, it’s understood that Saquon Barkley and the brand new toys the Giants secured to play with Jones — Kenny Golladay, No. 1 draft selection Kadarius Toney and TE Kyle Rudolph — barely practiced in coaching camp, and didn’t play a snap within the preseason video games. “Our job is to be prepared,” Jones mentioned. “I’m assured these guys’ll be able to go.”
And second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth of all, Jones’ offensive linemen, notably Thomas, will stay responsible till confirmed harmless.
Responsible till they present that the offensive line is not an enormous Achilles’ heel.
Jones’ first sequence, a three-and-out, was sabotaged when OLB Josh Uche beat Thomas to the skin for a sack. “There’s lots of issues I must work on,” Thomas mentioned.
Thomas was victimized on the second sequence when Jones held the ball a tad too lengthy and was sacked once more.
Thomas was flagged for a holding penalty on Jones’ fourth sequence.
“It’s not all the time on that one participant’s shoulders,” Decide mentioned.
Not less than it’s simpler to defend a participant who resists giving Giants boobirds a thumbs down, proper?
“I’ve to step up and do what I’ve to do,” Thomas mentioned.
The sport plans will probably be completely different as soon as the bullets begin flying, the shackles Decide and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett positioned on Jones on Sunday evening will probably be eliminated, so there’s that.
However there’s additionally this: Engram left with a calf harm and WR Darius Slayton left with ankle and foot accidents.
The nightmare state of affairs, after all, was all the time this:
Daniel Jones, sprawled on the bottom following a fifth sack surrendered by his offensive line, Ronnie Barnes and the medical group dashing onto the sphere to are inclined to him.
Jones survived, and lived to inform about it.
“I believe I’ve improved, and made progress,” he mentioned.
He’s a tricky child, mentally and bodily, a resilient child. A trait that is useful if you end up requested to climate storms, and get off the canvas.