Giants' Daniel Jones 'feeling better every day,' reflects on early season struggles

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Daniel Jones jogs on field during Giants game against Bengals
Daniel Jones jogs on field during Giants game against Bengals

After missing Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, Daniel Jones was taking first team reps at practice on Wednesday.

While his status for this week against the Baltimore Ravens is still unclear as he recovers from hamstring and ankle injuries, Jones said he is "feeling better every day" and is aiming to get the start on Sunday.

"I’m doing everything I can to get back out there. Every week you want to play. I did all I could last week, and that’s certainly my approach this week," said Jones. "I’m working as hard as I can. I really do want to be out there with the guys and go after a win on Sunday.

"I think I’m closer every day and feeling better every day. I’m just trying to heal up as fast as I can. I am feeling better and need to keep doing what I’m asked to do, doing what I’m supposed to do, working with the trainers and making sure I keep going in that direction."

Jones shies away from saying if his injuries are lingering, and if they're limiting his ability in practice. Rather, he's doing what his coaching staff tells him to do.

"From my perspective, my approach every day is to do what they’re asking me to do. I don’t know about evaluating what I can and can’t do," the second-year quarterback said. "I’m going to do everything I can and let people guide me and control the rehab program as far as what I’m allowed to do and how hard I push it. My job is to work as hard as I possibly can, and do everything I feel like I can do."

It's been a roller coaster of a season for Jones - in his first eight games, he had seven passing touchdowns compared to nine interceptions, along with five fumbles, losing four of them. It had looked like he had not progressed from his turnover problem in his rookie year.

In his next three games however, his ball security was much better, having not turned over the ball over once while notching two touchdowns. However, he hurt his hamstring in Cincinnati, missed the following week, and then seemingly played injured against the Arizona Cardinals, and ultimately missed the Browns game.

Jones said he has learned a lot in his second year in the NFL.

"You look at those games, in the games we’ve won, we’ve protected the ball better. I think at times, particularly early in the year, I felt like I was pressing to make a play when it wasn’t there," Jones said. "Learning when it’s not there, when the best decision is to protect the ball and make sure you’re controlling that. I’ve learned a lot through certain situations and situations we’ve played in in different games."

"Watching Daniel work, watching the respect he has in the locker room, watching him improve throughout this season, I think he’s demonstrated a level of toughness and leadership and knowledge on the field that gives us confidence to put him out there and build with Daniel," head coach Joe Judge told reporters on Wednesday. "I’m not going to point to one moment, but I can talk about this entire season of this guy has definitely earned my respect. I kind of made it very hard on him from the beginning in a lot of ways and he hasn’t blinked."

Jones also added, "Daniel Jones is our quarterback."

If Jones is active for Sunday, he needs to keep the Giants' playoff hopes alive - they are eliminated with a loss and a Washington win.

"We’re not done. We have two more games guaranteed," he said. "Our focus this week is on Baltimore and making sure we take care of business."