Daniel Jones, the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft has failed to make an impression after four seasons in the league. Jones signed his four-year rookie contract, worth $25.664 million, and has completed his tenure with the New York Giants. The team had an option to activate his fifth year but declined to do so citing a continuous lack of leading the team to a winning season.
Without any monetary or contractual security, Jones said he’s not worried at all. He is rather focused on breaking his long-standing losing streak and making a 180-degree turn in the 2022 season.
Daniel Jones will be a free agent at the end of the 2022 season
Daniel Jones showed a lot of potential coming in the 2019 draft which led him to be selected sixth overall by the Giants. However, his career has failed to prove why he was chosen so high in the draft. In his three years as a quarterback for the Giants, Jones has never won more than five games in a season. Jones has thrown 29 interceptions to 45 touchdowns, and he’s also fumbled the ball 36 times.
Jones isn’t worried about his contract going into his fifth year as he believes the fire to win is still there within him. While talking with Paul Schwartz of the New York Post Jones said, “I think I have plenty of motivation. I feel I work hard, I’ve worked hard before, and I’ve always worked hard for myself and worked hard for my teammates. I don’t think that changes, really. It is what it is, and I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing and improve and refine my process.”
After being a perennial disappointment to the Giants’ front office, Jones is well aware of his ‘prove-it year’ and intends to show the spark which he once had in him. “The lack of success? Um, yeah, it weighs on me a great deal,” Jones said. “When you put a lot of time and effort into something and you don’t see the results, I think that’s tough when you’re doing anything. Playing football in the NFL, playing football in New York, I think there’s a heavy weight to that. I and the whole team feel that and we’re working as hard as we can to avoid being in this situation in the future. Yeah, it weighs on me heavy.”
Eli Manning, former Giants QB who led the team to 2 Super Bowl victories believes that Jones’s lack of success is an amalgamation of a product of the coaching changes and new offensive additions during his time. Jones has played under three different head coaches and four offensive coordinators since 2019. “Things I can’t control, you waste energy and effort and time worrying about those. I think there’s a lot of benefits to my situation and having learned a lot of football and seeing it through different eyes and heard different coaches, their different philosophies, I think it can be, it depends on how you look at it, but it can be a positive and it can help you grow,” Jones added.
Daniel Jones definitely has the right mindset with the appropriate hunger to win as he heads into what may be his make-it or break-it year. The entire drama will soon unfold in front of our eyes in September. Can’t wait!