Coming off one of the best performances of his career, Daniel Jones has earned a nomination for the FedEx Air Player of Week 4.
Jones, who posted a 108.5 passer rating in Sunday's 27-21 overtime victory in New Orleans, completed 28 of 40 passes (70 percent) for a personal-best 402 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints. This is not the first honor Jones has received this season. The third-year quarterback was named the Pro Football Focus Offensive Player of Week 2 for his performance against Washington.
The other nomines for the FedEx Air Player of Week 4 include:
- Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow: 25 of 32 (78.1 percent) for 348 yards and two touchdowns
- Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: 24 of 30 (80 percent) for 278 yards and five touchdowns
The Giants trailed by 11 points with about seven minutes remaining before Jones led the Giants on two scoring drives. He connected with Saquon Barkley for a 54-yard touchdown before running in the two-point conversion himself, bringing the Giants within three. After getting the ball back with three minutes left on the clock, Jones led the Giants down the field to set up Graham Gano's game-tying field goal with 31 seconds remaining.
The Giants won the coin toss in overtime, and Jones did not give the Saints a chance to touch the ball. The 24-year-old marched the Giants down the field on a nine-play, 75-yard drive, which ended on a six-yard touchdown run by Barkley for the walk-off win.
"He was consistently able to find open receivers and make good, accurate throws and the right decisions," coach Joe Judge said after the game. "I say it all the time, he's a guy that you just see it with the way he works, and the performances will keep on coming. He doesn't have to go out there and force the game, he just has to go out there and make the plays that are in front of him. ... Look, I love Daniel. He had a heck of a game today."
Jones came up clutch when the Giants needed him most. Between the fourth quarter and overtime, he completed 14 of 19 passes (73.7 percent) for 203 yards and a touchdown. He also showed tremendous accuracy on deep throws, going 8 of 11 (72.7 percent) for 229 yards and two touchdowns on passes of 15+ air yards.
The third-year quarterback earned an elite 84.6 overall grade from PFF in Week 4, including an 84.1 passing grade. The fourth quarter comeback win was the third of Jones' career and the first since Week 16 of his rookie season in 2019.
"We have shown glimpses of what we can be as an offense throughout these first four games," Jones told the media after the win. "We were more consistent with it today. We made a few more plays. We made the plays when they counted. I think that is the capability of this offense. We have got to keep doing it. It wasn't perfect. There are things that we have to getter better and clean up. We have the potential to make a lot of plays and we have to keep doing it."
The 402 net passing yards was the ninth-highest total in franchise history and the highest since the Giants threw for 429 yards against the Eagles in 2017. Jones has now earned a passer rating of 90+ for the fifth consecutive game. This ties Arizona's Kyler Murray for the longest active streak in the NFL.
Through the first four weeks, Jones ranks seventh in the league with 1,184 passing yards. He has completed 66.7 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and just one interception, good for a passer rating of 98.3. Jones has earned an 86.9 overall rating on the season from PFF, good for the fourth-highest grade among all quarterbacks, while his 88.0 passing grade is second behind only Tom Brady (91.5).
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