Rookie absorbing lessons in preparation from veteran
Call it whatever plan you want, ‘Kansas City’ or otherwise, but the New York Giants were pretty clear that they wanted to get a quarterback heir apparent in the building to learn from Eli Manning. That guy turned out to be Daniel Jones, selected No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
So, what has Jones learned from the 16-year veteran so far?
“I think you can learn a lot from him on the field obviously, just from a scheme standpoint. Obviously, he has done it for a long time, he knows that stuff,” Jones said on Tuesday. “To me a lot of it is in his routine and his daily preparation and how he prepares for practice, how he reviews practice and learns from practice. I think just that routine and just learning from that, being able to watch him every day to me has been the most helpful.
“It’s consistent, I think. He does the same thing. The way he’ll prepare with the script, the way he’ll go through all his assignments and the way he’ll will draw it out. After practice reviewing it, watching the film and just learning from it. I think all that stuff but just his routine is helpful.”
There are lots of prying media eyes looking for uneasiness between the Giants’ past and present [Manning] at quarterback and the future [Jones]. The rookie said there isn’t any.
“I think it’s been great. I think we’ve got a great room and a great group of guys in there. He’s been very helpful for me and I’ve certainly learned a lot,” Jones said. “I think we’ve got a great relationship throughout the room with Alex [Tanney] and Kyle [Lauletta] as well, I think we’ve got a great room, a lot of guys helping each other so it’s been good.”
Coach Pat Shurmur said last week that Jones’ job is to get himself ready to play Week 1, though it will be Manning who will be doing that. How does Jones feel about that process?
“I think all of our jobs are to be ready Week 1, whatever the circumstances are. We’re taking it one day at a time, in that we’re trying to practice the best we can here in OTAs, and with the season in mind and trying to all prepare ourselves for that first game,” Jones said. “Like I said, we’re focused on what we’re doing here, making sure tomorrow’s practice is as sharp as it can be and through the summer. It’s been good so far and I’m looking forward to finishing strong.”