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Daniel Jones plans to be 'ready to go by training camp'

Daniel Jones cleared up a few things when the Giants reported for the start of offseason workouts on Monday.

He plans to be ready for the start of training camp. His neck, which cost him three games before a torn ACL ended his season completely, is 100 percent. As for the question about whether he is the best option at quarterback for the team in 2024, he believes so.

"I do, yes," Jones said.

The sixth-year pro then cracked a smile as if to say, "How else do you think a professional athlete would respond?" But the question is there for a variety of reasons.

Jones was limited to six games in 2023, which served as the catalyst for a 6-11 campaign after a postseason run in 2022. It led to the Giants holding the sixth overall pick in next week's draft, the exact spot they drafted Jones five years ago. With a 2024 class seemingly loaded with talent at his position, Jones knows it's the nature of the business.

"It's a competitive league, so the best way to handle that I think is to focus on what I'm doing," Jones said. "Focus on myself and making sure that I'm, one, healthy, and then ready to play good football. So that's what I can control. That's what I can do to help myself and the team."

Jones added, "I think you can get into trouble when you try to think too much about some of those things and how it all works out. … I'm just focused on what I'm doing, and that's my rehab, getting healthy, spending time with the guys, and making sure we're getting on the same page, and having the best spring we can."

Players have returned to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for the offseason workout program.

Jones, who suffered the knee injury on Nov. 5, has been "throwing for quite some time now." He began from a stationary position and has progressed to throwing with movement and dropping, similar to the quarterback-specific drills that people would see at practice.

"I haven't had any setbacks fortunately to this point," Jones said. "It's a process and there are certainly better days and then days that you don't make as much progress. Overall, it's been a good process with these guys, and lucky to have the training staff we have here with the Giants and the strength staff and feel lucky to be working with them. Been a good process. I've come along well and luckily no setbacks."

The neck, meanwhile, is not a factor.

"My neck is 100 percent healthy," Jones said. "That was a stinger-type injury that's pretty common in football. That's calmed down, and I feel good."

For the knee, Jones has talked with other players throughout the process, including Saquon Barkley.

"I've communicated with Saquon," Jones said. "[He] went through it recently here, so I talked to him a good bit about it. [Wide receiver] Wan'Dale [Robinson] had one a couple of years ago that he came back pretty quickly and very successfully from. Those are two guys I talked to a lot and have taken advice from."

Jones will be able to keep those discussions going with the latter around the facility, but the former is a different story. With Barkley now on the rival Eagles, Jones is the longest-tenured Giant

"Me and Dex[ter] Lawrence, I guess I was a few minutes before Dex," said Jones, who was drafted 11 spots before the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle in 2019. "It's different for sure not having Saquon around. He was a great teammate, a great friend. Happy for him to get the contract. Unfortunately, we're going to have to play him. But that's the NFL. That's the way this works. I'm excited about the guys we got on the team."


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