The New York Giants’ selection of Duke quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall in this year’s NFL Draft was met by plenty of ridicule and skepticism, including by the author of this post.
Still, the franchise is high on its future QB, who could wind up replacing Eli Manning at some point during the upcoming season. One former Giant who blocked for Eli offered some high praise for the rookie signal caller over the weekend.
Shaun O’Hara, who was the center in the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII win over the undefeated New England Patriots, compared Jones to a blended combo of both Manning brothers.
Former Giants C Shaun O’Hara on new Giants QB Daniel Jones: “If you put Peyton Manning and Eli Manning in a blender, he’s what you’d get.”
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) June 8, 2019
Now, it is sort of unfair to liken any quarterback to a combination of Peyton/Eli before they have ever taken an NFL snap. Sure, Jones was tutored by David Cutcliffe in college like both Manning brothers, but he’s barely begun his pro career.
However, by all accounts, he performed well during last week’s mini-camp. Well enough, in fact, that one outlet already suggested he might already be a better fit for the Giants than the current version of Eli.
He even showed off his athleticism with a home run during Saturday night’s charity softball game hosted by former Giants safety Landon Collins.
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) June 8, 2019
Of course, none of this means anything, because Jones is doing all of these things in shorts. When the pads come on in the summer and fall, that’s when we’ll find out more about him.
Still, maybe there is hope for him in New York after all.