This past offseason, Jones apparently kept at it every single day. There were no photos of him enjoying lavish vacations or taking a week off to relax on the beach. Instead, there were photos and videos of him working out and training — all of them seemingly on a loop.
That dedication paid huge dividends as Jones added 10 pounds of muscle, reports Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.
I’ll spare everyone the first-one-in, last-one-to-leave cliché about Jones’ offseason — even if it is true. Beyond that, he’s gained about 10 pounds of muscle and is moving better than he has at any point in his pro career. More important, he’s playing faster.
As Breer points out, Jones is able to play faster this season because he’s entering the second year of a competent system for the first time in his professional career.
And that, the Giants believe, is the result of the stability he hasn’t really had as a pro. As a rookie, Jones had Pat Shurmur as head coach and Mike Shula as his offensive coordinator. In 2020, it was Joe Judge and Jason Garrett. In ’21, Garrett was fired in-season and replaced by Freddie Kitchens. Which, presuming Daboll and current OC Mike Kafka make it to the end of the season (a fair bet), would make this the first time he’ll get to see two years through with the same coach and coordinator.
Because of that, Daboll’s offense is now becoming Jones’ offense, all of which was on display in his first game action this preseason on Friday night against the Panthers.
It wasn’t just on display last Friday night, it’s been on display all summer. Jones has been electric in training camp and looks like an entirely different player — both physically and athletically.
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