Think about this: You’ve got been asleep for the previous 12 months or two, and whenever you get up, you simply completely should activate a Giants sport. It might be completely honest on your first query to be, “Why did Eli Manning change his quantity?”
We’re right here to tell you that the Eli Manning lookalike enjoying quarterback for the Giants shouldn’t be, the truth is, Eli Manning. That is Daniel Jones, the No. 6 general decide within the 2019 NFL Draft and Manning’s inheritor to the quarterback place for the Giants. Sure, they give the impression of being eerily related and possess the identical mannerisms. And sure, they throw a number of too many foolish interceptions. However they’ve had images taken collectively, confirming they don’t seem to be the truth is the identical particular person.
What New York followers ought to be hoping is that Jones’ early season statistical success relative to Manning can result in the same jewellery output of the 2 Tremendous Bowl rings Manning delivered to the Giants.
It made sense for the Giants to pick a QB in 2019. Everybody knew Manning was nearing the top of the road. However Jones was virtually universally thought-about a attain on the time of his select of Duke. Might you blame the Giants, although? Two Tremendous Bowls with Manning had led them to search for the subsequent Manning, virtually actually (since Arch Manning wasn’t draft-eligible but).
Jones did not have an NFL quarterback father, and he hadn’t performed within the SEC, however he certain seemed lots like a extra athletic Manning. Measuring 6-5 and 221 kilos (in comparison with Manning’s 6-5, 220), Jones match the prototypical quarterback physique whereas possessing the dashing velocity that Manning by no means had.
The torch was handed in Week Three of 2019 from Manning to his doppelganger. Jones’ first NFL begin stays his finest, a 32-31 win over the Buccaneers that featured 336 passing yards and two scores via the air with one other 28 dashing yards and two TDs on the bottom. Most significantly, Jones wasn’t picked off. If he was going to be like Manning, that must change.
The following week, Jones was intercepted twice, then as soon as, then 3 times, then one other time. Too typically Jones, like Manning, let his eyes lead defenders proper to the soccer for simple interceptions and the occasional walk-in pick-six. Like Manning, it will be one thing Jones has to beat as his profession goes on to keep up his place because the Giants’ franchise quarterback.
However for many who keep in mind the early-career successes of Manning, particularly an 11-5 profession file in his second season, it is price noting that there are some locations the place Jones has exceeded Yr 2 Manning. Admittedly in a pass-friendlier league, Yr 2 Jones beats Yr 2 Manning in completion proportion (61.2 to 52.8) and interception proportion (a decrease 3.zero for Jones to three.1 for Manning). As a rookie, Manning went 1-6 and accomplished lower than half his passes, whereas rookie Jones confirmed flashes of the brilliance that earned him his “Danny Dimes” nickname.
Manning additionally had a lot of weapons round him in that second season that Jones would like to have in 2020 after Saquon Barkley went down for the 12 months with a torn ACL. Manning had Tiki Barber and Brandon Jacobs within the backfield, Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer outdoors, and Jeremy Shockey at tight finish. These gamers would all doubtless be the highest weapon if we ported them onto the 2020 Giants.
So let’s watch out about making judgments too early on Jones. Manning went 1-6 as a first-year starter (and his brother, Peyton, went 3-13). Jones wants weapons, and an offensive line, and certain only a bit extra time to develop. The Giants will definitely be within the forefront of groups contemplating one of many top-three QBs within the 2021 NFL Draft, however Jones will nonetheless have half his rookie deal to show himself.
And whereas it is principally a coincidence how related Jones and Manning look, their video games do mirror one another in a handful of the way. A non-athletic Manning hoisted the Lombardi Trophy twice. Not less than should you squint, perhaps there’s area in your goals for an athletic Manning clone to achieve these heights, too.