And on Friday, the odyssey began.
Daniel Jones, the Giants’ top draft pick and heir to the throne of Eli Manning, is getting a feel for the pro life at the team’s three-day rookie minicamp in New Jersey.
He discussed the lofty expectations for himself, even if knows he’s only getting started.
“I think I’m patient. It’s my job to make people believe on me,” he told reporters. “The goal is to win multiple Super Bowls, like Eli [Manning] has.”
In order to get there, he’ll first have to figure out how to play at the NFL level. While he saw some success at Duke, the ante is about to be upped significantly. One of his tasks this weekend will be learning coach Pat Shurmur’s playbook.
“I think there’s certainly a lot to it. I mean, that’s an adjustment from the college level, that the playbook is going to be, generally, a little thicker,” Jones said. “I think it’s a lot of good stuff. coach Shurmur has been a whole lot of places and the way it was explained it to me, he’s taken pieces from everywhere he’s been and put together his own stuff. That, to me, is the best of all worlds.”
Jones will be figuring things out alongside some other big-name rookies, including fellow 2019 first-round picks Dexter Lawrence, the big defensive tackle out of Clemson, and cornerback Deandre Baker, a Georgia alum.