Giants receiver Golden Tate says he hopes Daniel Jones’ time as Eli Manning’s protégé will pay off as well as Aaron Rodgers’ years as Brett Favre’s understudy did.
Big Blue should be so lucky.
The Giants decided not to replace the aging Manning, and have kicked the can down the road until at least 2020 on making any lasting switch at the quarterback position.
But they did spend the sixth overall pick in the draft to select Jones out of Duke. And Tate, one of the Giants’ acquisitions in an offseason overhaul, has come away impressed with Jones.
“We’re hoping that he can respond to pressure, that if Eli breaks a shoelace or something, that he won’t even miss a beat,” Tate said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “The good news with Dan’s situation is he is sitting right behind a Hall of Fame-type quarterback, so he’s going to have an opportunity to learn some incredible tools that can help him in the future. So I hope it’s kind of like that Brett Favre-to-Aaron Rodgers kind of situation, eventually.”
The Giants would be overjoyed if that’s the outcome, and it should be noted they’re nowhere near as successful as the Packers were when Green Bay set up that Hall of Fame line of succession.
When the Packers drafted Rodgers in 2005, they were coming of a 10-6 record. They’d made the playoffs in four straight years, and had gone 13 straight seasons without a losing record.
The Giants have suffered through 3-13 and 5-11 marks the last two seasons, and — after trading away Odell Beckham Jr. — are expected to struggle again. Vegas just installed them as the second-most likely team to have the NFL’s worst record, behind only rebuilding Miami.
Favre played three more seasons, and quarterbacked the Packers to a 13-3 record and NFC Championship Game appearance in his Green Bay swan song.
Rodgers took over in 2008 and has gone on to make seven Pro Bowls and win a Super Bowl MVP trophy.
That’s a tall order for either Manning or Jones to replicate.
“Dan the man, he’s looking good,” Tate said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “In my mind, the quarterback is the toughest position to play because mentally you have to understand what each one of your guys are doing, in addition to the coverages and the fronts and all that.
“So he’s doing a good job. If you look at talent-wise, the guy’s got a super, super-strong arm. He can move around a little bit. But with quarterbacks, you just never know, never know because is such a mental game.”