Arguably the most important position in football. Since the retirement of Eli Manning, the New York Giants have been looking for a successor that can lead them back to the Super Bowl. In 2019, the Giants drafted Daniel Jones with the ninth overall pick.
Since then, the former Duke product has struggled to stay on the field due to injury. Even when healthy, things have not gone well for Jones. Whether it’s because of an inconsistent coaching staff, a terrible offensive line, or subpar weapons, there was frustration all around the organization.
But, a new regime led by Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll has given fans hope. After Schoen took over, he went and acquired nine offensive linemen through the draft and free agency. Until further notice, Jones is the starting quarterback. The front office hopes with a better offensive line and more weapons, he will be able to play to his true potential.
But, what about the other quarterbacks on the roster? After all, if Jones gets hurt again, you have to have reliable backups. Let’s explore who Big Blue has at this position.
2021 Season Stats
- 11 games played
- 64.3 completion percentage
- 2,428 passing yards
- 10 touchdowns; seven interceptions
The chosen successor to Eli Manning. Jones has an improved coaching staff to work with and a rebuilt offensive line to protect himself from injury. There were multiple games last year where Jones was sacked and hit too many times.
An offensive coordinator who was stuck in the past. A head coach who calls for quarterback sneaks on third and eight inside your own five-yard line. Those days of incompetent playcalling are over.
Jones’ best season was in 2019, where he threw for over 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. The key to a repeat season like this in 2022 is to unleash the deep ball. But, head coach Brian Daboll already beat me to it.
Brian Daboll saying “Turn it loose,” regarding Daniel Jones being aggressive on offense is music to my ears…— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) May 20, 2022
We saw flashes of that when Pat Shurmur was HC and Jones threw 24 TDs.
Very curious to see if Jones’s stats improve drastically with that mentality.
I am not going to sit here and compare Jones to Russell Wilson. But, let Danny Dimes cook.
With weapons like Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Saquon Barkley, and rookie Wan’Dale Robinson, the former Duke product has all the support of the organization to lead the New York Giants back to prominence.
2021 Season Stats
- Six games played
- 60.7 completion percentage
- 966 passing yards
- Five touchdowns, five interceptions
It’s been a rough career for Taylor. His Pro Bowl season in 2015 seems like an eternity ago. However, after stints in Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Houston, he brings his talents to East Rutherford.
He isn’t spectacular, but Taylor brings solid insurance in the event Jones is injured. There’s a chance Taylor is called upon to start if Jones does not improve from his previous seasons.
If anything, the former Virginia Tech quarterback brings veteran leadership that can help Jones play to his potential. Both quarterbacks are similar, as they have dealt with injuries in their careers.
That’s what has me fearful. If Taylor is called upon to play, he needs to stay healthy. But, his ability to create plays with his legs plus a solid arm makes him one of the best backups in the NFL.
2021 Season Stats
- One Game Played
- Two carries, -3 rushing yards
You read that correctly. In fact, you’re probably asking if Webb has ever thrown a pass in his NFL career.
The answer is no. Originally drafted by the Giants in 2017, Webb has never started an NFL game. He previously played for the Jets and Bills before coming back to Big Blue. Signed because of his familiarity with Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen, there’s little to no chance he beats out Taylor or Jones for the starting job.
If anything, the only scenario I see Webb playing is when he comes in to take a knee and end games during the season. There’s a reason why he is currently listed as third on the depth chart.
Oh, here’s a highlight. Or, I guess you could call it one.
Davis Webb QB drills. pic.twitter.com/QIoAEwRd1u— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) May 19, 2022
Welcome back to the New York Giants, Davis. Enjoy playing a lot during the preseason.