Dwayne Haskins is above Giants' Daniel Jones in ranking of second-year quarterbacks

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While neither the Giants nor the Washington football club had much overall success last year, it's fair to say New York passer Daniel Jones had a better rookie season than Dwayne Haskins did in 2019. In almost every important statistical category for quarterbacks, Jones edged out Haskins last season.

As we've seen plenty in the past, success as a rookie doesn't always translate to winning in the future. Despite Jones having an overall better rookie season than Haskins did, Pro Football Focus analyst George Chahrouri ranked the Burgundy and Gold passer ahead of the Giants signal-caller on his list of second-year quarterbacks.

Chahrouri cited the terrible situation Haskins began his career in and the overall improvement he made throughout the 2019 season as to why he placed the 23-year-old ahead of Jones.

"Dwayne Haskins started out his NFL career in a terrible situation. It was not pretty in Washington," Chahrouri said. "Yet, [he] still earned a higher PFF grade than Daniel Jones over the course of the season." 

When Washington drafted Haskins 15th overall a year ago, there was a clear divide in the organization about the plan for the rookie in 2019.

Then-head coach Jay Gruden did not want Haskins, as he entered the season in win-now mode. The rookie started the season as a backup to journeyman veteran Case Keenum and appeared in relief just three times over the first eight weeks of the season. For the most part, it was uninspiring.

However, after the bye week, Haskins continued to show growth from week to week. Over his final two games, Haskins really found his stride, throwing for nearly 400 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions on a 72 percent completion rate.

Additionally, the analyst pointed out Haskins' success when throwing to fellow rookie Terry McLaurin, as the QB had an incredible 117 passer rating when targeting his former Ohio State teammate.

"Particularly in the second half, after the bye week, [Haskins] got his feet underneath him," Chahrouri said. "He was actually the 10th highest-rated quarterback from Week 11 onward. He really found his footing with Terry McLaurin, too. He had a 117 passer rating when throwing the ball at [McLaurin]."

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In New York, Jones was originally drafted to serve as Eli Manning's backup, it took just two weeks before he became the team's starter. At first, he dazzled, leading New York to a comeback victory over Tampa Bay in his first start.

But Jones' inconsistent play over the next several weeks resulted in several losses, and the passer quickly established himself as one of the most turnover-prone quarterbacks across the NFL.

"Daniel Jones had some highlight plays," Chahrouri said. "[I] remember that Buccaneers game where he made plays under pressure that made guys go, 'Wow, this guy is going to be special.' But he also had throws where you go, 'I want that one back.'"

Turnovers were a problem for Jones as a rookie. In just 12 starts, Jones fumbled the ball 18 times, the highest mark in the NFL. While throwing 12 interceptions is not a horrible mark, Jones did lead the league from Week 4 on in passes that should have been picked off. So, the potential for even more turnovers than those that occurred was there.

"He needs to get the ball out more quickly, avoid pressure, avoid taking hits, avoid throwing contested balls up for grabs," Chahrouri said. "But if he can do that, he's done a good job of putting the ball in a place where his receivers can catch it. So, optimism, but pump the breaks a little bit there."

Overall, Chahrouri believes that Haskins' positive finish to the 2019 season, compared to Jones' overall up-and-down play, is the reason he gave the Washington passer a slight edge over the two in 2020.

"He's got a chance, just this year with Terry McLaurin, to really put himself in the top half of the league, potentially, as a quarterback," Chahrouri said. "That's how he squeaks by Daniel Jones here."

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Dwayne Haskins is above Giants' Daniel Jones in ranking of second-year quarterbacks originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington