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Daniel Jones Shines In Second Preseason Game, Remains Backup Quarterback

Daniel Jones throws a pass for the New York Giants.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 16: Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants attempts a pass against the Chicago Bears in the first half during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 16, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

The New York Giants received tons of criticism for drafting Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick. However, all those doubts about the Duke prospect have quickly disappeared as the preseason rolls on.

Jones shined in his preseason debut last week, completing all of his pass attempts for 67 yards and a touchdown. Although his time on the field was limited, he did show potential for the Giants.

On Friday, Jones doubled down on the hype surrounding him by throwing for 161 yards and another touchdown. If there was one issue to point out, it'd be the fact that he fumbled twice.

Regardless of his struggles with ball security, Jones is proving why the Giants were so high on him in the draft.

With basically zero expectations for this upcoming season, New York could decide to eventually start Jones over Eli Manning.

After all, the Giants would benefit from getting an early look at him in the regular season.

Despite all the momentum growing in Jones' corner, the Giants are still expected to start Manning. When discussing his quarterback situation for Week 1, Pat Shurmur made it clear that Manning will be under center for New York. "John Mara owns the team," Shurmur said after the game. "We're on the same page. You heard it from the owner."

Jones has two more games left this preseason to raise his stock. At this pace, it's fair to wonder if he'll eventually play his way into the starting job.

Until then, the Giants will rely on Manning to win them games in the regular season.