Giants QB Daniel Jones still making mistakes early in camp

Aug 2, 2022, 2:44 AM | Updated: 2:48 pm
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is sacked on a play by linebacker Oshane Ximines (53) ...

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is sacked on a play by linebacker Oshane Ximines (53) during training camp at the NFL football team's practice facility, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When Brian Daboll was hired to be the New York Giants coach, there were hopes his offensive wizardy would rub off on Daniel Jones and make him a much better quarterback.

In four seasons as the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator, Daboll did a masterful job of transforming Josh Allen from a risky No 7 overall pick from Wyoming into one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks.

Why not expect the same with Jones? The young man from Duke was the No. 6 overall pick in 2019.

“Daniel is his own person,” Daboll said Tuesday. “We’re doing the best job we can at trying to figure out the pieces we have around Daniel. What we can do well. We keep tinkering with that. That will be a constant until we get into the start of the season.”

Daboll refuses to compare the two quarterbacks. He won’t even discuss Allen. His company line about Jones is that he is a good person who is smart and works hard.

Playing on three very bad teams, Jones has not done well. He has a 12-25 record as a starter with 45 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

For all his smarts, Jones has been reckless running the ball, refusing to slide. He missed the final six games last season with a neck injury.

Allen’s numbers are off the charts for the same three-year period. He has thrown 93 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in getting the Bills to the AFC title game in 2021 and the conference semifinal last season. They lost to the Kansas City Chiefs both times.

Daboll noted Jones has not been helped by working with either a different system or coordinator in each of his three seasons. He said his goal is to get Jones to focus on what he can control, like his preparation and taking plays one at a time.

“But you understand people are human,” Daboll cautioned. “They’re not much older than my older kids. You learn to deal with different people differently, and you have some empathy for guys when they’re going through a tough stretch – and I’m not saying he’s going through a tough stretch, I’m just saying in general with any player.”

Jones has been up and down since camp opened last week. He was picked off twice in practice on Tuesday by cornerback Adoree Jackson on throws that seemed aimed at the defender rather than the receiver. He also had a nice back-shoulder pass to Saquon Baarkley in the corner of the end zone late.

In Monday’s first practice in pads, he threw an out pattern to a receiver that landed 10 yards short of the target.

“What was that, Daniel?” a fan yelled from the stands.

What’s obvious after five straight losing seasons and coaching and player upheaval is the Giants still have a long way to go.

Granted, it’s only a week-plus into camp, but it’s going to take time, maybe a lot of it.

It might not be enough for Jones. The Giants did not pick up the fifth year option on his rookie contract.

NOTES: Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning watched practice after talking to the team earlier. … Center Jon Feliciano returned to practice on a limited basis after missing three days with heat-related issues. … Free agent receiver Robert Foster was carted off the field after landing heavily on his back making a catch out of bounds. … Tackle Dexter Lawrence on his scuffle with guard Shane Lemiuex last week: “I didn’t start it, I finished it.” … Despite leading the team in tackles last season, third-year inside linebacker Tae Crowder isn’t taking anything for granted with a new coaching staff. “It’s in the past,” he said. “I’m worried about right now, and what we are doing today, so I’m just trying to be a better player.”

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl and https://apnews.com/hub/pro-32 and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher George Kirby throws against the Texas Rangers during the first in...
Associated Press

George Kirby, Eugenio Suarez lead Mariners past Rangers, 3-1

SEATTLE (AP) — George Kirby allowed one run over six innings, Eugenio Suarez had three hits and an RBI and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Wednesday night. Trying to secure a playoff spot for the first time since 2001, Seattle rebounded after dropping the series opener Tuesday night. The Mariners got […]
22 hours ago
United States' Alyssa Thomas runs around Serbia's Jovana Nogic to score a goal during their quarter...
Associated Press

Thomas helps US top Serbia 88-55, advance to World Cup semis

SYDNEY (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had 13 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to help the United States beat Serbia 88-55 in the quarterfinals of the women’s World Cup on Thursday. Kelsey Plum scored 17 points and A’ja Wilson added 15 to lead the Americans (6-0), who will face the winner of Canada and Puerto […]
22 hours ago
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman (2) is tagged out between second and third base by Arizona Diamondback...
Associated Press

Astros lose 5-2 to Diamondbacks as Walker gets key hit

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros lost out on an opportunity to clinch the top seed in the AL when Christian Walker capped Arizona’s three-run 10th inning with a two-run single, sending the Diamondbacks to a 5-2 victory Wednesday night. With the loss and the New York Yankees’ 8-3 win at Toronto, the Astros’ magic […]
22 hours ago
Milwaukee Brewers' Hunter Renfroe reacts after hitting an RBI single during the third inning of a b...
Associated Press

Brewers boost playoff hopes with 5-1 victory over Cardinals

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Woodruff struck out 10 over six scoreless innings and Devin Williams delivered four big outs late to boost the Milwaukee Brewers’ playoff hopes with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. The victory, Milwaukee’s first since last Saturday at Cincinnati, combined with the Phillies’ loss to the […]
22 hours ago
New York Mets' Eduardo Escobar (10) celebrates after hitting a walk-off RBI single during the 10th ...
Associated Press

Escobar rallies Mets past Marlins in 10, back into 1st alone

NEW YORK (AP) — With the Mets needing a comeback in the pressure of a tight pennant race, Eduardo Escobar was a one-man show. Escobar homered and drove in five late runs — including the game-winning single in the 10th inning — to rally New York past the Miami Marlins 5-4 on Wednesday night and […]
22 hours ago
Minnesota Twins' Billy Hamilton is congratulated in the dugout after he scored against the Chicago ...
Associated Press

Wallner’s 3 RBIs help Twins send Sox to 8th straight loss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Wallner’s late-season call-up to his home state team has been a September for the 24-year-old to remember, even if the Minnesota Twins have fallen out of contention. Wallner drove in a career-high three runs, and Gio Urshela and Jake Cave each had three hits as the Twins beat Chicago 7-4 on […]
22 hours ago
Giants QB Daniel Jones still making mistakes early in camp