New Gunslinger in New York?

New Gunslinger in New York?

Braden Tyer, Sports

          After two weeks of the NFL season, the New York Giants’ record was 0-2. Eli Manning was 56/89 for 556 yards and a pair of touchdowns and interceptions in the first two games. The reason the Giants were losing hardly had anything to do with the way Manning was playing. However, their defense was another story. In the first two games, the Giants only had three sacks and not a single turnover. It’s hard to win a football game when your defense gives up an average of 450 yards per game to the opponent. The Giants have arguably the best running back in the NFL in Saquon Barkley, and when you’re trailing by at least two scores in a game it forces you to throw the ball downfield instead of handing it off to your playmaker.

           The Giants selected Duke’s quarterback, Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in the NFL Draft in April to be Manning’s successor. When the Giants announced the pick of Jones many fans highly disagreed with the pick as they believe the team could have gone in a different direction. Jones was slated as a late first-round pick, and many believe the Giants still could have got him with pick 17, which they acquired from Cleveland. Ever since the Giants drafted Jones, all you hear is how similar Jones and Manning are. Manning and Jones also have similar personalities. Manning and Jones had the same coach in college, David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe was the head coach at Ole Miss from 1999-2004, and was hired at Duke in 2007 and still remains as their head coach. 

         This previous week Jones was announced as the teams starting quarterback, and Eli would be his backup. Jones made his first NFL start week 3 against Tampa Bay and played exceptionally well. Jones completed 23/36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns including 4 rushing attempts for 28 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. This also included a game-winning rushing touchdown by Jones to take the lead 32-31 with 1:16 left in the game. If Jones can continue doing what he did last week, the Giants might have found their franchise quarterback for the future.