Daniel Jones makes NFL.com's list of top 10 QBs under pressure
Daniel Jones put together a historic first season in the NFL. In 12 starts, last year's No. 6 overall pick completed nearly 62 percent of his passes for 3,010 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while adding 44 carries for 274 yards and two touchdowns. Jones set numerous franchise rookie records, including most passing yards, most passing touchdowns, highest completion percentage, most completions (284), highest passer rating (87.7) and several others.
Jones became the first rookie in NFL history to have three games with four touchdowns and no interceptions and tied the NFL record for most passing touchdowns in a single game by a rookie quarterback with five against Washington in Week 16. He finished just three touchdowns passes behind Baker Mayfield's 2018 performance for the NFL rookie record, despite starting just 12 games.
NFL.com's Nick Shook has been putting together rankings of the top 10 players in certain categories based off findings from Next Gen Stats. The latest list he compiled is the NFL's top 10 quarterbacks under pressure.
As Shook notes, "To organize our list of the top 10 QBs under pressure in 2019, we're going to rely on two specific numbers tracked by Next Gen Stats. The first is passer rating under pressure, a slightly modified version of a traditional metric that most football fans should understand (158.3 is perfect, while anything 100 or better is pretty darn good, etc.). The second is completion percentage above expectation while under pressure, which might be the best indicator of all. How effective are you in the most trying moments on the football field? That statistic attempts to answer that question."
Despite being one of the youngest starting quarterbacks in the league last season, Jones was able to crack the top 10 quarterbacks under pressure list, coming in at No. 10. Jones earned a passer rating of 73.3 when under pressure while completing 53.1 percent of his passes, finishing with a 0.2 percent completion rate above expectation.
"Jones' numbers were comparable to those of Matt Ryan, which should signal to Giants fans that, hey, they might have another guy like Eli!" Shook writes. "Manning secured two Super Bowl rings, of course, while so far we're talking here about Jones' 8:6 TD-INT ratio under pressure and nearly 1,000 passing yards. Many rookies have fared much worse when the blindingly fast NFL pass rush threatens to swallow them whole on a per-down basis. Kudos to the kid from Duke. Who'd have thought this khaki-wearing fella would've been so cool amid the heat?"
Giants begin process of reopening team facility
The New York Giants started a slow, steady reopening of the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Wednesday in accordance with the protocols of the State of New Jersey and the NFL.
About 15-20 members of the organization returned today. That number included general manager Dave Gettleman and members of his football administration staff, not coaches, as well as a small number of business, operations and medical staff. Team president John Mara was also in the office. Not all of them will be in the office on a daily basis.
The number of employees in the facility will continue to increase slowly over the course of the next couple weeks with more business people filtering in.
For the time being, those employees who can continue to work from home will do so.
"We have been working diligently over the last couple months to prepare for coming back to the facility, the Quest Diagnostics Training Center," said Ronnie Barnes, senior vice president of medical services and head athletic trainer. "The primary focus has been to return our employees safely. And so everything that we have been doing has been related to the safety of our employees and how we can get back to work as safely as possible.
"We're all happy to be back. We've been waiting for a long time. The Giants' COVID-19 Task Force has been working hard to make this facility as safe as possible. We've made a lot of changes; those are all for [employees'] safety and they're very important. We are following the CDC guidelines, the guidelines from the NFL and guidelines from the National Institute of Health, as well as the state's protocols."
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Super Bowl XLVI champion DC Perry Fewell joins NFL Officiating staff
Longtime NFL coach and former Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has joined the National Football League’s Officiating Department.
Fewell has been named Senior Vice President of Officiating Administration and will oversee the day to day operations of the Officiating Department, including outreach to the league's head coaches and general managers, compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association, and serve as a liaison to the NCAA on officiating-related matters.
Fewell was the defensive coordinator for the Giants from 2010-2014, helping lead the defense in the team's run to a Super Bowl title against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
In the 2011 NFC Wild Card Game, the Giants' defense held the Falcons' offense to under 250 total yards and zero points. Going up against the Packers the following week, Fewell's unit forced four turnovers and sacked Aaron Rodgers four times, leading to a 37-20 victory at Lambeau Field. Against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, the Giants' defense went on the road and held Alex Smith to under 200 passing yards and sacked him three times on the way to a 20-17 victory. Finally, going up against the Patriots' top-ranked offense in the Super Bowl, Fewell's unit held Tom Brady and the New England offense to just 17 points while forcing a safety in the first quarter.
In total, Fewell has 35 years of coaching experience, including 22 in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars (twice), St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and Giants. He also spent 13 years coaching at the college level at Vanderbilt University, Army (twice), Kent State and the University of North Carolina.
Fewell lettered from 1980-83 as a defensive back at Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.) and he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2011. He also lettered in football and track at South Point High School in Belmont, N.C., and was inducted into the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Fewell was inducted into the Gaston County (N.C.) Hall of Fame in June 2012.
Walt Anderson, a 24-year veteran NFL official, has also joined the Officiating Department as the league's Senior Vice President of Officiating Training and Development.