Daniel Jones has learned over the last four seasons that New York is an unforgivable city, something Eli Manning likely imparted on him prior to his retirement.
Jones has seen three head coaches and two different regimes during his tenure with the Giants, giving his career a rocky start.
However, last year under the Joe Schoen/Brian Daboll regime, Jones started playing like many believed he could. He seemed more comfortable in the pocket, moved when he needed to move, completed passes, and led the team to its best season in a decade.
Part of that could have been because the Giants chose not to use his fifth-year option, so Jones definitely had something to play for.
Going forward, Daboll expects Jones to continue to improve.
“It’s his second year in the system,” Daboll told NFL Network. “I don’t think he’s had continuity since he’s been there. We all can do a better job. I think that he really adapted to the things that we were asking him to do. We tried to implement a lot of the things that he likes to do. That’s just another step going into the offseason of adding some more pieces. More players around him. And also him growing into the quarterback that we think he can be.”
Jones’ new contract, a four-year deal worth $160 million, should provide ample motivation for him to continue improving. Having some stability under a single administration and a single head coach should see Jones relax on the field and make good decisions.
Regardless of any adversity, Jones sorely needs to prove that he’s worth every penny the Giants are going to give him.