The sky is not falling, fire is not reigning down from the heavens and plagues have not been released upon mankind. Daniel Jones is not the Antichrist and his presence in the New York Giants locker-room may not be a bad thing.
Less than 24 hours after the Giants selected Jones at No. 6 overall, things certainly don’t feel that way and if you were judging by the fans, well. . . you might believe World War III is on the horizon. But it’s not.
Yes, the Giants took Jones much earlier than many anticipated and that will be a point of contention for years. But when peeling back the layers of this pick, there are some reasons for optimism.
No one should lose sight of this reality. For years the Giants have been drug through the mud for passing on quarterbacks in the NFL Draft, failing to acquire one by trade and sticking to the notion that Eli is their guy.
Congratulations to all of you who hated the idea of that. The future is now and Manning’s eventual replacement is in the bag. Rejoice!
Whether the Giants are rebuilding or contending — or as Dave Gettleman suggests, doing both at the same time — the reality is that Manning’s football clock is ticking and in relatively short order, he will retire. The presence of Jones makes that inevitable reality much more bearable.
For those who are old enough to remember the post-Phil Simms era that was highlighted by Dave Brown, Kent Graham, Danny Kanell (who we love here at Giants Wire) and others leading up to the bridge that was Kerry Collins, this is a breath of fresh air. We almost certainly won’t have to endure that a second time.
Could Jones completely bomb out and turn into a bust for the ages? Of course, that’s possible with every single prospect that will chose over the three days of the draft. But the more likely scenario is that he learns and steps in after Manning steps away, saving the franchise from quarterback hell and a search that could last a decade.