EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Daniel Jones confirmed in the first two weeks of the NFL season that he remains one of the NFL's most versatile quarterbacks.
The third-year pro is one of 16 quarterbacks with at least 500 passing yards in the young season. Jones is the only one of them who also has more than 100 rushing yards. His precise totals are 516 passing yards and 122 rushing yards.
That latter figure leads the Giants by 41 yards over Saquon Barkley. It ranks third among the league's quarterbacks, behind Baltimore's Lamar Jackson (193) and Philadelphia's Jalen Hurts (144). Jackson and Hurts have thrown for 475 and 454 yards, respectively.
Jones is averaging 8.1 yards a carry, the NFL's second-highest total among all players with at least 10 carries; Hurts is first with an 8.3-yard average.
In 2020, Jones had 65 rushing attempts for 423 yards (6.5-yard average), the team's second-highest total and the record for a Giants quarterback in the 56-year Super Bowl era. Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton previously held the record with 306 yards in 1967.
On Thursday night in Washington, Jones led all players with 95 rushing yards on nine carries, including a game-long 46-yarder. It was the highest single-game total for a Giants quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Jones would have been the team's first 100-yard quarterback had a 58-yard touchdown run not been nullified by a holding penalty. Jones broke his own record of 92 yards in Philadelphia on Oct. 22, 2020.
Since the start of the 2020 season, Jones has had the Giants' longest run from scrimmage in a game seven times. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that places him in a four-way tie for second among NFL quarterbacks behind Jackson (nine). Arizona's Kyler Murray, Seattle's Russell Wilson and Houston's Deshaun Watson also had their team's longest run seven times since last year.
Jones became the Giants starter in Week 3 of the 2019 season. He has since had the Giants' longest run in 10 games, the fourth-highest total among quarterbacks behind Jackson (17), Murray (14) and Watson (13).
In addition, Jones has led the Giants in rushing eight times since the 2020 opener and 11 times since 2019. He is second in both time frames behind Jackson, who has been Baltimore's leading rusher nine times since 2020 and 17 times since 2019.
*Jones' nine rushing attempts in Washington tied his career-high, which he set twice previously. He now has a nine-carry game against each of the Giants' NFC East opponents:
Jones Rush Attempts:
- 9 at Washington (9/16/21)
- 9 vs. Dallas (1/3/21)
- 9 vs. Philadelphia (11/15/20)
*Each of Jones' five-highest rushing totals has been against division rivals:
Jones Rushing Yards:
- 95 at Washington (9/16/21)
- 92 at Philadelphia (10/22/20)
- 74 vs. Washington (10/18/20)
- 64 vs. Philadelphia (11/15/20)
- 54 vs. Dallas (11/4/19)
*Jones ran for touchdowns in each of the Giants' first two games, a four-yarder on the final play vs. Denver and a six-yarder for the game's first touchdown in Washington. He is the first Giants quarterback with rushing touchdowns in consecutive games since Kerry Collins on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 1999. Collins scored on a pair of one-yard runs vs. Arizona and the Jets.
If Jones rushes for a touchdown Sunday against Atlanta, he will become either the first Giants quarterback in history to do so in three consecutive games or the first to do it in 80 years. Even Elias, the NFL's official statistician, is uncertain.
Tuffy Leemans had a rushing touchdown in three straight games in 1941. Leemans is listed as a FB/QB on the Giants' all-time roster and as a HB/FB by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in which he was enshrined in 1978. He passed for 2,318 yards in his career and was one of four players who had pass attempts in each of those three games. But it's unknown if he was playing quarterback when he ran for the touchdowns.
*Jones' 824 career rushing yards rank third among Giants quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era behind Phil Simms (1,252) and Tarkenton (1,126).
*Jones has rushed for 824 yards in 29 games (28 starts). Eli Manning ran for 567 yards in 236 games (234 starts), plus 45 more in 12 postseason games. The longest run Manning had in 335 carries – regular season and postseason – was 18 yards, a distance he reached three times. Jones has seven runs of 18 or more yards in 125 attempts.
*Jones is one of eight starting quarterbacks who has not thrown an interception this season. This is the first time since 2015 the Giants played their first two games without having a pass picked off.
*Sterling Shepard's 16 receptions place him in a four-way tie for first in the NFL with the Rams' Cooper Kupp, Dallas' Amari Cooper and Detroit tight end T.J. Hockenson. Six players have 15 catches. Kenny Golladay is second on the Giants with seven.
*Shepard is tied with Houston's Brandin Cooks for the league lead with seven third-down receptions.
*Shepard had team-high totals of nine receptions for 94 yards in Washington. He increased his career total to 329 catches, which moved him past Bob Tucker (327) and into ninth place on the Giants' career list. Chris Calloway is eighth with 334.
*Shepard increased his career yardage total to 3,725, which moved him past Plaxico Burress (3,681) and Mark Bavaro (3,722) and into 18th place on the franchise's career list. Earnest Gray is 17th with 3,768.
*Graham Gano kicked five field goals – from 23, 47, 52, 55 and 35 yards – in Washington. It was the 11th five-field goal game by a kicker in Giants history and the first since Josh Brown did it at Tennessee on Dec. 7, 2014.
*In 2020, Gano set the Giants' single-season record with five field goals of 50+ yards. He now has seven, which ties him with Aldrick Rosas for third on the franchise's career list behind Joe Danelo (nine) and Brown (eight). Gano's seven field goals of 50 or more yards since the start of the 2020 season tie him for the NFL's fourth-highest total and his 27 career 50+ yard field goals are tied for sixth among active kickers
*Gano has not missed a field goal attempt in a calendar year and his 35 consecutive successes give him the NFL's second-longest active streak, one behind Seattle's Jason Myers. Adam Vinatieri holds the NFL record with 44 in a row in 2015-16.
*The Giants and Washington combined for 20 accepted penalties and 161 penalty yards, both high figures in a Giants game in Joe Judge's 18-game tenure. The previous highs were 18 penalties and 138 yards vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 15, 2020.
*Finally, a leftover note from the opening game against Denver. Jones scored on a four-yard run as time expired to make the final score of the Broncos' victory, 27-13. It was the fourth time since 1980 the Giants scored a touchdown with no time remaining in the fourth quarter and none of them affected who won the game.
On Sept. 28, 1980, Scott Brunner threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Johnny Perkins on the game's final play, which only enabled the Giants to avert a shutout in a 28-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Defensive back Trevin Wade twice scored touchdowns on last-play fumble returns, the first a five-yarder at Tampa Bay on Nov. 8, 2015 (the final score in a 32-18 Giants victory) and an 11-yarder in Washington on Jan. 1, 2017 (in a 19-10 Giants triumph).
*The Giants today terminated the practice squad contract of tight end Ryan Izzo and signed defensive back Steven Parker to the squad.
Parker, 6-1 and 210 pounds, has played in 22 NFL regular-season games with four starts. His totals include 24 tackles (17 solo) and two interceptions he returned 35 yards.
In 2019, he made the Miami Dolphins' roster as an undrafted rookie and played in 14 games with four starts for defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who is now in the same position with the Giants. Last year, Parker played in eight games for Dallas.
Parker played in 53 games at the University of Oklahoma.
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