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It’s not news that fan bases can be tough on athletes that play for their favorite teams.
But booing a player who has yet to take a snap? That seems a bit much.
Daniel Jones booed at Yankees game
Now, it could have been the New York Jets fans on hand who were booing Jones. That’s certainly possible.
Or Giants fans who aren’t upset at Jones, but at the franchise’s direction under general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur. (Shurmur was booed at Yankees Stadium last month, on his birthday no less.)
Give the kid a chance
But it’s not Jones’ fault that Giants fans are upset with the team’s performance in recent seasons. He hasn’t really done anything of substance yet since he was drafted.
In fact, as Giants reporter Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com wrote, Jones showed “better-than-expected arm strength” during New York’s spring camps, and picked up the playbook well, which was expected for the Duke-educated quarterback.
Eli Manning is a Giants legend; the history books will always show that he helped guide the franchise to two Super Bowl titles. But Manning can’t play forever, and team brass believes that Jones can be Manning’s successor.
Do New York fans want to be like the Miami Dolphins, who have been looking for their franchise quarterback for decades since Dan Marino’s retirement and have the record to match that struggle?
It’s understandable if there’s frustration with the Mara family and/or Gettleman. But reserve the boos for them; give the kid a chance to show himself.
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