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Giants Now: Daniel Jones' numbers in red zone


Daniel Jones' impressive numbers in the red zone

Daniel Jones put together an impressive rookie campaign for the Giants.

In 13 games (12 starts), the first-year quarterback completed nearly 62 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His 24 touchdown passes led all rookie quarterbacks, while his 3,027 passing yards finished third. Jones added 45 rushes for 279 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and an additional two rushing scores to his final stats.

Jones set several franchise rookie records with his performance last season, including most passing yards, passing touchdowns, highest completion percentage, completions (284), pass attempts (459) and several more. In addition, he became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history with three games of four or more passing touchdowns with zero interceptions.

As impressive as his overall stats were last year, Jones' true dominance came once the Giants were deep in opponents' territory.

According to Pro Football Focus, Jones threw 13 touchdowns in the red zone last year while not tossing a single interception. In fact, the second-year quarterback has not thrown a red zone interception since his sophomore campaign at Duke, an impressive stretch spanning a couple of years.

View photos of Giants quarterback Daniel Jones throughout his NFL career.

Giants leadership council to discuss next steps

For the second day in a row, the Giants today practiced and completed a full workday while continuing to discuss their quest for social justice and their insistence to take meaningful action.

They did so on a day when seven NFL teams cancelled practice and other professional sports leagues consider a course of action in the wake of the shooting Sunday of Jacob Blake, who was fired upon seven times by police officers in Kenosha, Wis. as his three sons looked on.

Coach Joe Judge spoke to the team's leadership council and the players chose to practice, in part because they are mindful of having no preseason games to help them prepare for a season that is scheduled to begin in 18 days.

"The players voiced that opinion," Judge said on a post-practice Zoom call. "They wanted to continue going with it. We had conversations with them two days ago and then again yesterday. These guys have been very urgent on continuing on work. That doesn't detract at all from what we're doing in the community, from the action we're taking as a team, for how we're staying organized within the social justice groups. We have the Team of Teams program. We're just making sure that we allot time within a day that we have that as a team to work going forward.

"We're going to reconvene later tonight before we kick off the special teams and unit meetings. We're letting the players think about what they want to do. We're going to have conversations as a coaching staff and ownership tonight, and we'll have more answers then."

Next on the schedule is an intrasquad scrimmage tomorrow night in an empty MetLife Stadium. Is it possible the organizational discussions could result in that event being cancelled?

"I can't really live in the hypotheticals right now," Judge said. "Right now, we're planning on having the scrimmage tomorrow. We'll continue the conversations with our team later on and we'll see where that takes us."

The players are determined to lend their voices to the growing athletes' movement but weren't ready to say exactly what form that will take.

"As far as what we're going to do and the steps we're going to take next, that's something that we're in discussion about," wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. "It's sad that we have to take the time away from football and prepare for a season that is coming up here pretty soon to talk about these things, another senseless shooting that's happened. It's sad that it has to be that way. But yeah, as far as what we're going to do next, I'm going to talk to my teammates and the leadership group and the coaches and we're going to come up with a plan."

Giants sign RB Tavien Feaster, waive WR Tony Brown

The Giants today exchanged a pair of rookie offensive players, signing running back Tavien Feaster and waiving wide receiver Tony Brown.

Feaster, 6-0 and 222 pounds, was released on Aug. 8 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, with whom he signed as undrafted free agent on April 27.

In 2019, Feaster played as a graduate transfer at the University of South Carolina after spending his first three collegiate seasons at Clemson. He was the Gamecocks' top rusher with 124 carries for 572 yards and five touchdowns.

The previous season, he ran for 440 yards and six touchdowns on 78 carries for Clemson's national championship team. As a sophomore in 2017, he posted 669 rushing yards and 112 receiving yards. Feaster rushed for 222 yards as a freshman in 2016.

Feaster finished his career at Spartanburg (S.C.) High School with 6,562 all-purpose yards. He also participated in track and field and was a four-year region champion.

Brown joined the Giants on Aug. 1, one day after his release by the Cleveland Browns.

View photos of the Giants' active roster as it currently stands.