Daniel Jones’ injury history an issue New York Giants can not ignore

With the 2024 NFL Combine underway in Indianapolis, all eyes will be on the cluster of future franchise quarterbacks on display. Although some of them won’t throw at the event, it’s still the first leg of the run-up to April’s NFL draft.

The New York Giants could be in the market for one of those quarterbacks with the sixth overall pick after five seasons of Daniel Jones under center.

Jones has shown flashes of being a top quarterback but his injury history and inconsistency have made the Giants twitchy regardless of what general manager Joe Schoen says in public.

The fact is, the Giants have compiled the worst record in the NFC over the past decade, much of which can be credited to Schoen’s predecessor, Dave Gettleman.

Why they thought Jones — who had a 17-19 record at Duke — would be the answer at quarterback remains unclear. In five seasons, Jones has played just a few outstanding games and has just one playoff win to his credit.

But the painful reality is the Giants are in the NFC East, which contains postseason staples Philadelphia and Dallas, and now Washington is under new management and in a position to take one of the top quarterbacks in this draft with the second overall pick.

Jones has a disastrous record against Dallas and Philadelphia (3-10 as a starter) and rarely records wins against elite teams. The Giants have to be looking to move on if the situation presents itself.

As it turns out, they are.

“We’re going to look at everything,” Schoen told reporters in Indianapolis this week. “We’re going to look at all positions. You hope you’re not up there again; you don’t want to be picking in the top 10, but it’s a good draft. It’s a solid draft across the board, and we’re going to have an opportunity to get a good player, and we’re going to evaluate all the positions and take the best player we can.”

But Schoen also alerted the media pool that he is looking deeper into the draft for a quarterback as well as at the top.

“It’s a good quarterback draft. It’s not just at the top,” he said. “There are some guys that are mid-levels that I think will be good number twos. There are some guys that can be number threes in the draft. So yeah, I mean, I think it’s a solid draft all over.”


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