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State of the Giants' QB room entering the draft


One of the biggest topics of the Giants' offseason has been the quarterback room.

The Giants are in a unique spot as it was only a year ago that they signed Daniel Jones to a multi-year contract extension. However, Jones suffered his second neck injury in the last few years along with a torn ACL, which played a part in the Giants winning just six games and landing the No. 6 pick in this year's draft.

"I think I said at the Combine that every patient is different, and you can't really predict if swelling is going to occur or if there's a setback," general manager Joe Schoen said about Jones being ready for training camp at the NFL Annual Meeting. "He's on the right track right now. Again, we just have to – it's day-by-day and week-by-week. You just don't know how he's going to react as we ramp it up and he starts to do more. Hopefully there's no setbacks."

The Giants have reiterated that, as long as he is healthy, Jones will be the starting quarterback in Week 1. But that does not mean they won't explore the draft with the possibility of adding another signal-caller if Schoen and coach Brian Daboll like a particular prospect.

"If they fall in love with a quarterback and believe that it's worth pick No. 6 and we're moving up, I certainly would support that," Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara said at the NFL Annual Meeting. "I let the general manager and the head coach build the roster. We have operated the same way for many years here. If they have a conviction about a player, I'm not going to get involved. I'll question them about it, make them defend their position, but the only time I'm going to get involved and exert any influence is if I think it's a conduct issue off the field. That's happened, not with this group, but in the past on very rare occasions. In terms of them evaluating the players, if they have a conviction about a player and want to draft one, want to get one in free agency, then all I want to make sure is that they're both on the same page."

The Giants ranked 30th in points and 29th in yards last season. The offense particularly struggled in the passing game, where Jones, Tyrod Taylor, and Tommy DeVito combined to rank 31st in passing yards and 28th in passing touchdowns.

The Giants have already put resources towards boosting the offense with their numerous investments along the line. With the No. 6 pick, they are also in a prime position to add one of the top three wide receiver prospects.

The quarterback room has already seen some change with the departure of Taylor and the arrival of Drew Lock. It remains to be seen if another player will be added to the room.

"I just think the quarterback position is I would say is the most important position," Schoen said last month. "A GM said it yesterday in our meetings. It's the most important position in sports. I wouldn't disagree because of the level of difficulty playing the position. Yeah, it's very important in the process. Again, it's an inexact science, and you try to do as much homework as you can to, again, eliminate the margin for error and make the best decision."

With that said, below is a look at the current state of the Giants' quarterbacks:


Table inside Article
Opp Starting QB
DAL Daniel Jones
@ARI Daniel Jones
@SF Daniel Jones
SEA Daniel Jones
@MIA Daniel Jones
@BUF Tyrod Taylor
WAS Tyrod Taylor
NYJ Tyrod Taylor
@LV Daniel Jones
@DAL Tommy DeVito
@WAS Tommy DeVito
NE Tommy DeVito
GB Tommy DeVito
@NO Tommy DeVito
@PHI Tommy DeVito
LAR Tyrod Taylor
PHI Tyrod Taylor

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Drew Lock

Previous Team: Seattle Seahawks

Career: 28 G (23 GS), 5,283 passing yards, 59.7 completion percentage, 28 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 79.5 passer rating; 77 rush attempts for 299 yards (3.9 avg.) and 5 touchdowns

A second-round pick (No. 42 overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft, Lock signed with the Giants at the start of free agency last month. The 27-year-old spent the last two years with the Seattle Seahawks where he played in four games with two starts, all of which came this past season. In his first start, Lock completed over 70 percent of his passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a road loss against the 49ers. The following week, he threw for 208 yards and the game-winning touchdown with less than 30 seconds to go in a Monday night win over the Eagles.

Lock was sent to the Seahawks as part of the trade that landed Russell Wilson with the Denver Broncos. Prior to arriving in Seattle, Lock spent his first three seasons in Denver where he played 24 games with 21 starts and threw for 4,470 yards, 25 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He became the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to pass for 300 yards and three touchdowns in his first career road start.

Schoen made it clear that Lock was brought in to serve as the backup.

"I'm glad we've got Drew," Schoen said last month. "Again, a young player, he has a lot of physical tools. He was brought in as the backup. He was told that. I know Dabs addressed that. Yeah, he's going to come in and be a backup quarterback, him and Tommy (DeVito), and when Daniel gets back healthy, support those guys. If for some reason DJ can't go, those guys will battle it out."


Daniel Jones

Career: 60 G (59 GS), 12,512 passing yards, 64.3 completion percentage, 62 touchdowns, 40 interceptions, 85.2 passer rating; 332 rush attempts for 1,914 yards (5.8 avg.) and 13 touchdowns

Jones suffered a neck injury in Week 5, forcing him to miss the next three games. After returning for the Week 9 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders, Jones suffered a torn ACL in the first half and missed the remainder of the season. He finished the year with just 909 passing yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions along with 40 carries for 206 yards (5.2 avg.) and an additional touchdown. He was sacked 30 times in his six games.

The 26-year-old's best season came in 2022 when he earned a 9-6-1 record and led the Giants to the franchise's first postseason win since Super Bowl XLVI. Jones completed just over 67 percent of his passes that season for 3,205 yards and 15 touchdowns while adding a franchise quarterback record 708 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. His 1.1 interception percentage not only led the league but also set a new Giants record.

"We had the perfect storm this year," Mara said last month. "Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. Guys got hurt. The wrong guys got hurt too early. Let's face it, for a while we couldn't block anybody, and Daniel was getting hit all the time. I still have every confidence in the world in Daniel. Let's put a better team around him. Hopefully he'll get healthy, and I think the real Daniel Jones is the one that played in 2022, particularly down the stretch there in the playoffs."

Tommy DeVito

Career: 9 G (6 GS), 1,101 passing yards, 64.0 completion percentage, 8 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 89.2 passer rating; 36 rush attempts for 195 yards (5.4 avg.) and 1 touchdown

After beginning the season on the practice squad, DeVito helped lead the Giants to three consecutive victories in the second half of the season after Jones and Tyrod Taylor were placed on injured reserve. During the winning streak, DeVito was twice voted Rookie of the Week in addition to being named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Giants to a comeback victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. In that game, he completed 17 of 21 passes (81%), including 10 of 11 (91%) in the second half, for 158 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions while adding 71 yards on the ground. He became the second undrafted rookie in the common-draft era (since 1967) with an 80+ completion percentage (minimum 15 attempts) in a game.

He became the first Giants rookie quarterback to win three consecutive starts since Phil Simms won four in a row in 1979. Additionally, he became the first undrafted rookie since 1967 with a 100+ passer rating in three straight starts.


Tyrod Taylor

Career: 92 G (58 GS), 12,135 passing yards, 61.7 completion percentage, 65 touchdowns, 29 interceptions, 88.3 passer rating; 404 rush attempts for 2,268 yards (5.6 avg.) and 19 touchdowns

After spending the last two seasons with the Giants, Taylor signed a two-year contract with the New York Jets last month. The veteran quarterback appeared in three games back in 2022, but played in 11 games with five starts this past season. Taylor led the Giants to a 2-3 record in those starts while completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 1,341 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions, good for a passer rating of 89.1. He also added 38 carries for 197 yards (5.2 avg.).

After Jones got hurt in Week 5, Taylor started the next three games before suffering a rib injury that landed him on injured reserve. He went on to start the final two games of the season as well, throwing for 616 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Rams and Eagles while adding 78 yards on the ground.

Jacob Eason

Career: 2 G, 84 passing yards, 50.0 completion percentage, 0 TD, 2 INT, 39.2 passer rating

Eason, who is currently a free agent, spent time on the Giants' practice squad this past season. He was signed to the active roster for the regular-season finale, but did not appear in a game with the Giants.


The top five quarterbacks in the 2024 draft class, according to's Bucky Brooks:

  1. Caleb Williams, USC
  2. Jayden Daniels, LSU
  3. Drake Maye, North Carolina
  4. J. McCarthy, Michigan
  5. Michael Penix Jr., Washington

Keep an eye on: Bo Nix, Oregon

"This QB crop features several intriguing prospects with franchise-player potential. Williams is the crown jewel of the class as an athletic gunslinger with elite playmaking skills. Although his 2023 season was somewhat of a letdown after the high of his 2022 Heisman run, the USC standout has All-Pro-caliber talent. Daniels' slender frame might give some teams pause, but interested suitors will be smitten with his dynamic playmaking potential. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner dazzles on the perimeter as a dual-threat quarterback with elite talents as a runner and passer. Maye is coming off a disappointing final campaign in Chapel Hill, but he commands plenty of attention in scouting circles due to his prototypical dimensions and exceptional arm talent. As an athletic dropback passer with natural playmaking skills, the 6-foot-4 3/8, 223-pounder possesses the raw attributes most NFL coordinators covet at the position. McCarthy is climbing the charts as a winning quarterback (SEE: 27-1 record as a starter at Michigan) with intriguing traits. Though there is understandable concern about J.J.'s limited reps as a pure pocket passer for the run-first Wolverines, scouts rave about his athleticism, arm talent and intangibles. Penix Jr. is the most natural deep-ball thrower in the draft, routinely dropping dimes to receivers on vertical routes. While an extensive injury history will make some evaluators nervous, the Washington star's big-play potential could entice teams employing a "bombs away" attack to take a chance on the veteran passer." 

Schoen talked about what he believes is important when scouting quarterbacks in the draft.

"I think you have to prioritize it all," the general manager said last month. "It's not, okay, if this guy fails at corner, we can move him to nickel or he's at least our third tackle or our third nickel rusher. The margin for error is – the fail factor is you are either a backup that bounces around or you're out of the league. It's one thing to do the work in the fall and see a guy play, but I think the other half is equally as important, being around the player. How smart are they? Can they process information? Can they handle the market that we're in? There's a lot of unknowns. How are they going to face adversity? How are they going to react? It's not just what you see on the film. That's obviously important, but I think the other part is equally as important, specifically at that position." analyst Bucky Brooks revealed his final position rankings for the 2024 NFL Draft.


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