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Mailbag: Daniel Jones' potential in new offense


Rich in Florida: Should I be worried about Jason Garrett's playbook? Although effective in Dallas, it was for different players. It's not Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, it's now Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. Will it be a new playbook for Jones' and Barkley's skill sets?

John Schmeelk: Garrett also had a playbook for Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Marion Barber and Julius Jones. He has changed his playbooks through the years based on his offensive coordinator (Bill Callahan, Scott Linehan, Kellen Moore) and the talent he had on the roster. I would not worry about his ability to adjust to the players on the Giants' roster.

Erick in Florida: Do you think that Daniel Jones will run more in this offense? He started out his career with a game-winning TD run against the Buccaneers, bur we didn't see much of that afterwards.

John Schmeelk: I don't think you want to see Daniel Jones play like a running quarterback. You want to see him play as a pocket quarterback with the ability to run. If an opponent show poor gap integrity rushing the quarterback, he can take off. If there is a crucial third down and no one is open downfield, Jones can run for a first down. Too much running, including designed runs, could put Jones at risk for injury.

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John in New York: What kind of growth can we expect from Daniel Jones in Year 2 given he's been away from team activities and he needs to learn a completely new offensive system? Are we expecting too much from him to try and fix his ball control issues in spite of the other elements?

John Schmeelk: A quarterback can improve on multiple things in the same off-season. He may not be able to check every box, and that's okay.

  1. Ball security: This includes simple mechanical things like holding the ball with two hands when in the pocket, and making better decisions as to when to slide. These can be fixed. The toughest part of improving ball security will be improving his pocket presence. This is an instinctual thing can that can be honed with more in-game reps.
  2. Quicker decision making: Quarterbacks process defenses faster the more they see them, which allows them to get the ball out faster. Getting the ball out quicker should reduce sacks and potential turnovers.
  3. Risk management: Jones made a lot of great throws into tight windows last year. This approach also resulted in some interceptions. He needs to be able to better judge which throws are worth the risk.
  4. Learning the playbook: This is purely a mental exercise. Jones is a smart player and works extremely hard. It is only a matter of how long it will take, not whether or not he can do it.

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