Daniel Jones organizes offseason workout in Arizona
While Week 1 is more than five months away, Daniel Jones has already begun to take steps toward a successful 2021 campaign.
The third-year quarterback organized workouts in Arizona this week for some of the Giants' quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, and offensive linemen. The workouts began on Monday and will go until Friday.
Jones started 14 games in his sophomore 2020 season, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,943 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also added 65 rush attempts for 423 yards (6.5 avg.) and a touchdown.
As a rookie, Jones threw for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
The Giants made it a priority this offseason to add pieces around Jones that would help the young quarterback succeed. Since the start of the new league year, the Giants have added Kenny Golladay, Kyle Rudolph and John Ross to an offense that already included Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram.
The Giants also have six picks in this month's draft to add another playmaker or two.
"We have confidence in Daniel," head coach Joe Judge told the media last month. "He's a player that we want to work with going forward with this team. He's shown us a lot of improvement, there's a lot of things. I can go on and on about how we respect him and like him and how the locker room responds to him."
Judge wasn't the only one to speak highly of Jones in recent weeks.
Golladay, one of the Giants' big signings, told reporters how excited he is to get to work with the 23-year-old quarterback.
"He's still kind of fresh in the league a little bit and I kind of want to grow with him," the 6-foot-4 receiver said about Jones after signing with the Giants. "I'm still growing as a player and I feel like me and him can do some good things. We haven't gotten on the practice field yet, but me and him both are very excited."
The Giants clearly have high hopes for their young quarterback. Based on how he's attacking the offseason, Jones appears ready to take the next step in his development, both as the team's starting quarterback and as a leader in the locker room.
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Daniel Jeremiah updates Giants' pick in latest mock draft
With just over three weeks remaining before the start of the 2021 NFL Draft, analysts from media outlets across the country have been updating their mock drafts following the completion of pro days.
The latest draft expert to release an updated prediction for the first round of this month's draft is NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, who changed his pick for the Giants at No. 11.
After predicting the Giants would select Miami EDGE Gregory Rousseau in his previous mock draft, Jeremiah now believes the Giants will add another offensive playmaker in Alabama WR DeVonta Smith.
"Even after the Giants' signing of Kenny Golladay, I still get the sense Big Blue wants more weapons. Smith is the best route runner in the draft," Jeremiah writes.
Smith is coming off a historic senior campaign for the Crimson Tide in which he caught a whopping 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns. He took home numerous awards and honors for his impressive season, including the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, the Biletnikoff Award, AP College Football Player of the Year, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-SEC and Unanimous All-American, just to name a few.
The 6-foot-1 receiver set SEC records for both single-season yards (1,856) and career receiving yards (3,965), as well as single-season touchdowns (23) and career touchdowns (46).
The addition of Smith would add another talented pass-catcher to the team's deep group of wide receivers, which now includes the likes of Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, John Ross and several other promising young players.
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah updated his ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft for the final time before the start of the draft.