Before seeing the New York Giants lose to the Washington football team on Thursday, ESPN NFL analyst Dan Orlovski broke down the quarterback game: Daniel Jones vs. Taylor Heinicke.
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Jones, of course, was the No.6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Heinicke was an undrafted free agent coming out of college and starting Thursday only because Ryan Fitzpatrick fell during the week. 1 with a serious hip injury.
“I never think Daniel Jones will be a great player. I don’t think he has the physical ability to be a great player in the NFL today as a quarterback. … Daniel Jones is just in the worst situation in the NFL when it comes to quarterback. “
But from there the conversation took an interesting turn.
Stephen A. Smith: “Is it possible that the New York Giants are as archaic as they are because they don’t believe in their quarterback?”
Dan Orlovsky: “No. I think they are as archaic as they are because their offensive coordinator, Jason garrett, does not know anything else. It’s the same offense he ran 15 years ago. It’s the same crime he ran with Tony Romo. Stephen A., I’m with you. We see Daniel Jones in relatively the same way. OK, give the ball way too much. I want him to play as smart as he is. But it’s really hard to sit here and crush him as a player when I watch this offense, and I’m literally being honest here, it’s the worst offense in the NFL, in terms of the pattern. There is not a single moment when the players have an advantage because of the ploy. “
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Again, it’s worth noting that this conversation took place before Thursday’s loss. And the Giants offense showed signs of life in the game, scoring 29 points, with Jones throwing for 249 yards and a touchdown, while running for a high 95 yards and another score.
But until the Giants offense can kick off this type of production consistently, questions will continue to surround Jones and Garrett.
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