The 2022 season is a make-or-break one for New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft had his fifth-year option declined by the franchise this offseason, which isn’t too big a surprise to anyone that has watched him play during the first three seasons of his career.
Jones has struggled mightily with turnovers, especially fumbles in the pocket. He has regressed in his second and third seasons and declining the fifth-year option was a no-brainer. If Jones plays well, the Giants will work out an extension to keep him in town. If he struggles again, the organization moves on and looks for their new quarterback of the future.
While he has struggled to make strides when it comes to his production, some of the blame can be placed on the Giants. They did very little the last three years to help elevate Jones’ game, putting an incompetent offensive line in front of him. Injuries and ineffectiveness have also plagued the skill positions around him.
The most egregious thing that the Giants have done for Jones is not providing him with a coaching staff that can get the most out of his skill set. Joe Judge was in over his head as head coach the last two seasons and the team ran about as vanilla of an offensive game plan as you could draw up.
However, things are looking up for New York as they have a new regime in place. General manager Dave Gettleman was replaced by Joe Schoen and Judge was replaced by Brian Daboll.
Both have come to the Giants from the Buffalo Bills, who have turned into one of the best teams in the NFL in the last few seasons. Improving in those areas is as big of a reason as any that an NFL scout that talked to NFL Analysis Network is predicting Jones to breakout in 2022.
“Look, I’m not going to put every single struggle on the coaches. But, for a young quarterback, a good coaching staff is a must. He has that now and I expect a big leap from him in 2022.”
Jones has some tools to work with as he has a strong arm and is quite athletic. His dual-threat ability is something the new coaching staff should be looking to take full advantage of and we have seen glimpses of adjustments during training camp.
This is Daniel Jones’ last chance at locking down the long-term starting job for the Giants. If he cannot start putting together things this season, they will assuredly be in the market for a new starter during the 2023 offseason.