Daniel Jones
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Jones with the New York Giants in 2020
No. 8 – New York Giants
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1997-05-27) May 27, 1997 (age 25)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Charlotte Latin School (Charlotte, North Carolina)
College:Duke (2015–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2022
Passing attempts:1,360
Passing completions:855
Completion percentage:62.9%
TDINT:48–31
Passing yards:8,958
Passer rating:84.2
Rushing yards:1,125
Rushing touchdowns:5
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Daniel Stephen Jones III (born May 27, 1997) is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Duke and was selected sixth overall by the Giants in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early years

Jones attended Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina.[1] During his high school career, he had 6,997 passing yards and 98 touchdowns. Despite these numbers, Jones was barely recruited coming out of high school and was not ranked by Rivals.com.[2]

Jones originally committed to Princeton University to play college football, but then opted to become a walk-on at Duke University.[3]

College career

2016

After redshirting his first year at Duke in 2015, Jones became the starting quarterback in his sophomore season in 2016 after quarterback Thomas Sirk suffered a season-ending injury.[4] Jones started all 12 games, completing 270 of 430 passes (62.8%) for 2,836 yards, sixteen touchdowns and nine interceptions.[5][6][7]

2017

Jones with Duke in 2017
Jones with Duke in 2017

In 2017, he completed 230 of 413 passes (55.7%) for 2,439 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as a junior.[8] Jones was named MVP of the 2017 Quick Lane Bowl against Northern Illinois where he went 27-of-40 with 252 passing yards and two touchdowns, along with 86 rushing yards from sixteen carries for one touchdown.[9]

2018

During his senior year, Jones was named the MVP in the 2018 Independence Bowl, where he went 30–41 with 423 passing yards and five touchdowns in a 56–27 victory over Temple.[10] He later played in the 2019 Senior Bowl for the North team, and was also the MVP of that game, going 8-of-11 with 115 passing yards and one touchdown.[11]

Statistics

Season Team Passing Rushing
GP GS Record Comp Att Pct Yds Avg AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
2015 Duke
Redshirt
Redshirt
2016 Duke 12 12 4-8 270 430 62.8 2,836 6.6 6.4 16 9 126.3 141 486 3.4 7
2017 Duke 13 13 7-6 257 453 56.7 2,691 5.9 5.5 14 11 112.0 161 518 3.2 7
2018 Duke 11 11 8-5 237 392 60.5 2,674 6.8 6.9 22 9 131.7 104 319 3.1 3
Total 36 36 19-19 764 1,275 59.9 8,201 6.4 6.2 52 29 122.9 406 1,323 3.3 17
Source:[12]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 5+18 in
(1.96 m)
221 lb
(100 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.72 s 1.62 s 2.63 s 4.41 s 7.00 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
37
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[13][14]

Jones was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[15] On July 22, 2019, Jones signed his four-year rookie contract, worth $25.664 million, including a $16.7 million signing bonus.[16]

2019

See also: 2019 New York Giants season

Jones in a game against the Washington Redskins, September 2019
Jones in a game against the Washington Redskins, September 2019

Despite a stellar preseason, Jones was named the backup behind Eli Manning.[17] Jones played his first regular season game on September 8, 2019, against the Dallas Cowboys in relief of Manning, where he completed 3-of-4 passes for 17 yards and lost a fumble as the Giants lost 35–17.[18] On September 17, 2019, Jones was named the starter over Manning for the Week 3 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[19] In his first start, Jones completed 23 out of 36 passes for 336 yards with a 112.7 passer rating and two passing touchdowns along with 28 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a 32–31 comeback win against the Buccaneers despite losing two fumbles.[20] He became the first Giants' rookie quarterback to win his first career start since Scott Brunner in 1980. Jones led the Giants back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Buccaneers and became the seventh rookie quarterback in NFL history since 2010 to have a game-winning drive in their first career start.[21][22] He was also named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 3.[23]

On September 29, in his second start (and first start at home), Jones led the Giants to a 24–3 victory over the Washington Redskins. After the game, Jones became the third quarterback in the Giants' history after Phil Simms (1979) and Travis Tidwell (1950) to begin their career with two wins as a starting quarterback for the franchise.[24]

Jones played his first game on prime time on Thursday Night Football in Week 6 against the New England Patriots. In the game, Jones threw for 161 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the 35–14 loss.[25] In Week 8, against the Detroit Lions, he had 322 passing yards and four passing touchdowns in a 31–26 defeat.[26] In Week 10 against the New York Jets, Jones threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns in the 34–27 loss.[27] In Week 16, Jones threw for career highs of 352 passing yards and five passing touchdowns as the Giants defeated the Washington Redskins in overtime 41–35.[28] In the process, Jones became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw five touchdown passes in a game as a rookie. He also became the only rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 350 passing yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions in a single game.[29] He was named the Pepsi Offensive Rookie of the Week for his efforts in the Week 16 win.[30] In Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jones threw for 301 yards, one touchdown, and one interception during the 34–17 loss.[31] Jones finished his rookie season with 3,027 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, and 12 interceptions to go along with 45 carries for 279 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and had a league-leading 18 fumbles with 11 of them lost.[32]

2020

See also: 2020 New York Giants season

Jones changes a playcall in a game against Washington, November 2020
Jones changes a playcall in a game against Washington, November 2020

Jones was selected to be a team captain in his second season. It was the fourteenth consecutive season that the Giants' starting quarterback had served as a captain, as Eli Manning had held the honor for the last thirteen years.[33]

In Week 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles, in the third quarter, Jones ran for an impressive 80 yards on a single play, before losing his balance and tripping on the turf near the endzone. Despite the trip, this rush became the longest run in Giants quarterback history.[34] Jones hit a top speed of 21.23 mph (34.17 km/h), the fastest by an NFL quarterback since 2018 (Lamar Jackson).[35] In Week 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jones threw for 244 yards and rushed for 64 yards, including a 34-yard rushing touchdown, during the 27–17 win.[36]

Jones injured his hamstring in the third quarter of Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals, causing him to miss the rest of the game and the following game against the Seattle Seahawks.[37] He also missed Week 15 against the Cleveland Browns, after suffering an ankle injury against the Arizona Cardinals the week before.[38]

In Week 17, in a game against the Dallas Cowboys, Jones had one of his best performances of his young career, completing 17 for 25 passing for 229 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception in a 23–19 win. Jones also helped drive the Giants down the field, to set up a jet sweep touchdown to Sterling Shepard. This was also the first time that the Giants had beat the Cowboys since the 2016 season, and also helped the Giants finish with their best record since the 2016 season. The Giants finished the season at 6–10, but missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year after the Washington Football Team beat the Philadelphia Eagles later in the day.[39]

2021

See also: 2021 New York Giants season

Jones began the 2021 season throwing for 267 yards, one touchdown, rushing for 27 yards and an additional touchdown, and fumbled once in a 27–13 loss to the Denver Broncos.[40] Against the Washington Football Team on Thursday Night Football, Jones threw for 249 yards, rushed for 95 yards, and had two touchdowns, but miscues by the Giants would cost them a pair of touchdowns and haunt them as the Giants lost 29–30.[41] Against the New Orleans Saints, Jones threw for a career-high 402 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception as the Giants won 27–21 in overtime.[42] As a result of his performance, Jones was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[43] In Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers, Jones threw for 203 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions, rushed for 28 yards, and recorded his first career reception thrown by Dante Pettis for 16 yards in the 25–3 win.[44]

In Week 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jones suffered a neck injury, causing him to miss the remainder of the season. On December 20, 2021, Jones was placed on injured reserve.[45]

2022

See also: 2022 New York Giants season

In April 2022, the Giants declined Jones's fifth-year option for 2023.[46]

In the season opener against the Tennessee Titans, Jones threw for 188 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the 21–20 comeback win.[47]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high
General Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2019 NYG 13 12 3–9 284 459 61.9 3,027 6.6 24 12 87.7 45 279 6.2 2 38 295 18 11
2020 NYG 14 14 5–9 280 448 62.5 2,943 6.6 11 10 80.4 65 423 6.5 1 45 286 11 6
2021 NYG 11 11 4–7 232 361 64.3 2,428 6.7 10 7 84.8 62 298 4.8 2 22 160 7 3
2022 NYG 3 3 2–1 59 92 64.1 560 6.1 3 2 82.7 25 125 5.0 0 13 73 1 1
Career 41 40 14–26 855 1,360 62.9 8,958 6.6 48 31 84.2 197 1,125 5.7 5 118 814 37 21

Giants franchise records

[48]

NFL records

Personal life

Jones was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 27, 1997. He is the oldest son of Becca and Steve Jones.[56] He has an older sister, also named Becca, who played field hockey at Davidson College, a younger brother, Bates, who played basketball at Davidson before transferring to Duke, and a younger sister, Ruthie, who plays soccer at Duke.[57] Jones graduated from Duke University in December 2018 with a degree in economics.[58]

Jones' nickname, "Danny Dimes", was coined early during his rookie season.[59][60]

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