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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has taken a beating in recent weeks when it comes to QB rankings. He’s been listed among the NFL’s worst several times now, although there’s usually a small side note discussing the challenges he’s faced.
You know the ones… Repeated coaching changes, coordinator changes, QB coaching changes, system changes, a league-worst offensive line, injuries, and wide receivers who can neither catch the ball nor separate.
That same trend continued earlier this week when NBC Sports analyst and son to Giants legend Phil Simms, Chris Simms, released his “top 40 quarterbacks” list.
Jones checked in at No. 21, which was just outside of the bottom-third. He was one spot ahead of Zach Wilson (New York Jets) and three spots ahead of Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles).
“When his team wasn’t totally overwhelmed, he played pretty good. He’s got a good arm. He’s one of the better running quarterbacks in football. We got to have more emotion. . . [he’s] too quiet,” Simms said. “Pocket presence, it’s not that great. . . [but if] you give him a little time, he can make some really nice throws. He was behind the worst offensive line for two years in a row.
“Don’t let that affect your thought of Daniel Jones. I think Brian Daboll has a little bit of ‘eye of quarterback’ mechanics where’s he’s going to help him just like Josh Allen.”
With Jones, the analysis always leaves room for that major growth period. It hasn’t happened yet but like Simms, many are still awaiting the breakout.