Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was destroyed by pundits for selecting Daniel Jones No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft because of Jones’ lack of star production at Duke.
When Jones threw 24 touchdown passes and racked up over 3,000 yards through the air last year as a rookie, though, it appeared Gettleman’s choice might be vindicated. There was hope Jones could use his first campaign as a springboard toward becoming a viable long-term quarterback.
But on Tuesday, Gettleman seemed to stab himself in the back by refusing to commit to Jones even for the 2020 season. He didn’t rule out the possibility of taking a quarterback early in this year’s draft (the Giants have the fourth overall pick). With the rest of New York’s roster below par, it appeared a particularly odd approach to take.
“He’s got a clean slate, and everybody’s competing,” Gettleman told reporters.
He later added in unconvincing fashion: “He finished last season as our quarterback.”
Giants coach Joe Judge mirrored Gettleman’s stance when asked about Jones. Judge has yet to refer to Jones by name to the press, according to NJ.com.
“Our depth chart is on that board (behind me) right now,” Judge said. “No one’s got a spot.”
Jones, 22, is at a developmental point in his career where internal encouragement and support are the norm. Perhaps the Giants are trying to motivate him, but doing so publicly would be an unusual way to go about that after a season in which he surpassed expectations.
Gettleman’s tenure will likely be remembered for how Jones pans out — for the better or worse. This was supposed to be his guy. One year after drafting him, however, his commitment already seems to be wavering.