Giants QB Daniel Jones discusses why neck injury ended his season and what comes next

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Daniel Jones spoke to reporters on Wednesday for the first time since being shut down for the season with what the Giants are calling a "neck sprain."

Jones said the injury is "disappointing," especially since he thought this would not be the end result.

“I think initially when I got hurt, it was something I felt like I‘d be able to get over fairly quickly," Jones said "It didn’t work out that way. That’s disappointing. When I spoke in those weeks, I always had the expectation to come back and play. That part’s disappointing, but it didn’t work out that way. My job now is to contribute to help this offense prepare, help the quarterbacks prepare, and get (them) ready to play.”

Jones injured his neck in the Giants' 13-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12. Had the injury happened earlier in the season, or if there were more games left in the season, Jones thinks he would have played.

“I do think it’s something that’s gonna take some time. If there was more time, or if it were earlier in the season, if there were more time, I think I would have a better chance of coming back, a good chance of coming back," Jones said. "It’s disappointing, frustrating to miss games, miss any game, and certainly this many.”

Jones added he actually feels "good" and would be "ready to play" if the doctors had given him clearance, but that has not been the case. Jones said he doesn't "have any issues" throwing, running, or lifting.

"I think it’s certain positions and tests that doctors do and look for that they’re still problematic. I think range of motion’s fine. I think it’s symptoms and certain positions," said Jones.

This is the third-straight season Jones has missed multiple games with injuries, and this will be a career-low in games played. Reminder: This is Jones' third year, and his predecessor never missed a game due to injury.

Oct 3, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) passes the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Caesars Superdome.
Oct 3, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) passes the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Caesars Superdome.

Injuries are more likely with a quarterback who has Jones' mobile style, but despite the abrupt end to his third season, he has no plans to change his game in a major way.

"That’s part of what our offense does, it’s part of what I feel like I can do," he said. "We’ve talked about being smart and going down earlier, protecting myself, protecting the ball. I think those are things I’ll continue to work on, and certainly emphasized by this.”

With his injuries, along with his subpar play, it's a legitimate question if Jones is the right quarterback for the Giants after another dull season.

“We didn’t win enough games, and I think that’s the most important thing," said Jones regarding this season. "As I evaluate myself going forward, I think I improved as a player. I think I’ve made progress and played well at times and obviously not well enough plenty, too, because we didn’t play well enough. We didn’t win games. That’s the most important thing I think as I evaluate myself, and I’ll look to work on things going in the offseason.”

But at the moment, all signs point toward Jones being the Giants' quarterback for 2022.

“I’ve spoken to Joe [Judge] and we’ve had conversations about that, but like I said, there’s things I need to improve on. There’s things he expects me to improve on going forward, and I understand that, obviously take that very seriously. That’s kind of my approach.”