Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones seemed unfazed by Giants owner John Mara stating he hopes the sixth-overall pick doesn’t see any snaps this season, hoping instead that franchise quarterback Eli Manning will have the team under control.
“I think my job right now is to prepare, to improve as much as I can, and control what I can control,” Jones said following Wednesday’s practice. “How that plays out? I certainly hope we’re winning a whole lot of games, too.”
The Duke product said he wasn’t surprised by Mara’s comments, restating that he’s only focused on what he can do to improve on the field and on taking the right steps to ensure he’s contributing to the offense’s growth.
Going into the Giants’ second preseason game against the Bears on Friday, Jones said he hopes to build off of his performance against the Jets.
Coach Pat Shurmur said he plans on all four quarterbacks seeing time as they did in the first preseason game, but with potentially more time allotted to Manning, who played only one series against the Jets.
“The plan, obviously, last week was to play [Jones] longer,” Shurmur said. “But with the [storm] delay, I shut down that whole group and restarted with a new group. That was the idea. Ideally, the way last week played out would have been for Eli to play a few more plays, and then Daniel Jones to play a few more plays.”
Shurmur said he doesn’t expect LB Alec Ogletree (strained calf), CB Sam Beal (hamstring) or CB DeAndre Baker (knee) to play Friday.
That would open opportunities for B.J. Goodson, Tae Davis and Ryan Connelly in Ogletree’s absence. Antonio Hamilton will assume most of the responsibilities after Janoris Jenkins at right cornerback in Beal’s absence. Grant Haley and Corey Ballentine will be in at left cornerback in place of Baker, the presumed starter.
Golden Tate said to look for T.J. Jones to help fill the void during Tate’s four-game suspension. Like most of the coaching staff, Tate has been impressed with what Jones has done since joining the team a little over two weeks ago.
“Just based off of camp … I’ve really been impressed by the young guys. I think T.J. Jones is going to be a great guy to come in and do work for us,” Tate said. “He’s a very smart guy, an elusive guy, [and] has the ability to play all positions at the wide receiver group. I have no doubt that he is going to step in. We have Sterling [Shepard], we have Cody [Latimer], and we have Bennie [Fowler], who’s doing great. We have a bunch of really good guys. I’m going to root those guys on the best I possibly can while I’m here, and when I’m away, I am going to watch the film like I’m there and try to lead the best I possibly can. “
The Giants picked up punter Johnny Townsend off waivers from the Raiders and waived punter Ryan Anderson, who was signed in May after a tryout at rookie minicamp. The Raiders drafted Townsend in the fifth round in 2018 out of Florida. Riley Dixon, though, remains and is still expected to open the season as the starter.
Cody Latimer was excused from practice for personal reasons.