Practically eight months to the day he agreed to a four-year, $160M contract extension, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is as soon as once more going through uncertainty about his future.
On Sunday, the Giants fell to 2-7 after a deflating 30-6 loss to interim HC Antonio Pierce’s Las Vegas Raiders (4-5), throughout which Jones, who was getting back from a extreme neck ailment, exited with a knee harm. In line with Ian Rapoport of NFL Community, Jones is believed to have suffered a torn ACL primarily based on his preliminary checks.
As soon as confirmed, Jones’s 2023 season could be over after he threw for simply 909 yards, two touchdowns and 6 interceptions, probably signaling the tip of his tenure in New York.
Regardless of the large monetary dedication to Jones, the signal-caller’s contract is just assured via subsequent season. In flip, this might present flexibility if New York decides to begin over at quarterback, as Jones might be a placeholder whereas a rookie acclimates to the professional degree. And primarily based on how they’re taking part in this season, the Giants are placing themselves ready to take action.
Via 9 video games performed, New York holds the fourth total decide within the 2024 NFL Draft. With out Jones — and backup Tyrod Taylor for at the least three video games — the Giants will flip to undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito, who threw for 175 yards, one landing and two interceptions on Sunday, as their starter.
It was tough to check the Giants profitable many video games with Jones, however by beginning DeVito, they may find yourself with the worst file within the league.
Nonetheless, securing a top-five decide would enhance the probability that the Giants might choose USC’s Caleb Williams or UNC’s Drake Maye in the event that they so need, and plainly the group is already getting ready for such a situation.
GM Joe Schoen, assistant GM Brandon Brown and director of participant personnel Tim McDonnell had been all in attendance for the Washington Huskies’ 52-42 win over USC on Saturday, presumably scouting quarterback prospects Williams and Michael Penix Jr.
This was the second event the place Schoen was in attendance to see Williams this season, the primary being USC’s 48-20 loss to Notre Dame on Oct. 14, the worst recreation of the Heisman Trophy winner’s profession.
Williams delivered a significantly better second displaying for Schoen, amassing 328 yards of complete offense and 4 touchdowns, additional solidifying his standing as the long run No. 1 decide.
Though it could have appeared like a untimely transfer to scout quarterbacks heading into the weekend, Schoen might be glad he made the journey to Los Angeles, all issues thought-about.
New York would seemingly must lose out and have the Cardinals, Panthers and Bears string collectively just a few wins to make sure it lands Williams, although that is removed from a assure because of the NFL’s unpredictable nature.
Nonetheless, if New York wins sufficient video games to fall out of vary for a quarterback, or if it would not land the primary decide and nonetheless needs Williams, it has already begun stockpiling belongings to commerce up within the draft. The Giants personal 15 picks within the subsequent two drafts, together with two 2024 second-rounders, one in every of which was part of the return in final week’s commerce that despatched DT Leonard Williams to Seattle.
Whereas Jones hasn’t essentially had an actual probability to justify his contract extension or totally show himself as an NFL quarterback attributable to his unfavorable state of affairs, the choice to draft Williams or Maye could be a easy one.
The present Giants regime did not draft Jones, and whereas Schoen prolonged Jones, he selected to say no his fifth-year possibility earlier than watching him in motion first-hand.
Jones’s extension might be considered as a mistake in the long term, however given the deal’s construction, there is no cause for Schoen to have purchaser’s regret, particularly if he drafts a franchise quarterback in April.