The New York Giants are easily the most surprising team of the 2022 season. Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll came over together from the Buffalo Bills and inherited a mess left behind by the previous regime. Everyone believed it would take multiple years for them to start turning things around, but they wasted no time reshaping the team in their image and the results have been fantastic.
New York isn’t going to blow anyone out, as they grind their way to victories, limiting mistakes and outlasting their opponents. They rely heavily on their run game led by Saquon Barkley and Wink Martindale has done an excellent job getting the most out of the defense as the coaching staff is playing to the strengths of the players on the roster, not trying to mold them into something they are not.
The most impressive work that Daboll and his staff have done is with quarterback Daniel Jones. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has been a hot debate topic among Giants fans as he is auditioning for a long-term contract.
Jones had the fifth-year option on his rookie deal declined but he is doing everything he can to put himself in a position to sign a new contract with the team. While he doesn’t have eye-popping stats, as he is averaging only 177.3 yards per game, which would be a career-low, he is doing everything that the team is asking of him.
His dual-threat ability helps keep opposing defenses honest as he always has to be accounted for given his ability to run the ball. The area in which he has made the biggest improvement in is ball security.
Jones was a turnover machine early in his career. He led the league with 19 fumbles as a rookie despite playing in only 13 games to go along with 12 interceptions. In his second and third seasons, he had more turnovers than touchdowns but this season, he has done an excellent job protecting the ball.
Through nine games, Jones has fumbled the ball only three times and has thrown only two interceptions. That puts him in an elite class this season, as he joins Tom Brady as the only qualified quarterbacks with an interception percentage below one percent in the NFL.
Any time you are in a group with Brady, you are doing something right. Jones is doing a great job managing games for the Giants, as he isn’t being asked to win them games, just not to lose them.
Limiting turnovers is key in that, as Jones would routinely turn the ball over at the least opportune times his first three seasons in the NFL, turning potential victories into surefire losses. Those mistakes have not popped up this season, which in large part is why the Giants are currently 7-2 and rolling into the second half of the season.