EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Daniel Jones is on the verge of setting his first significant Giants rookie record.
Jones, who will play in his ninth game and start in his eighth when the Giants face the Jets on Sunday, has completed 161 passes in his debut season. The franchise’s rookie record is 162, set by Charlie Conerly in 1948.
Indeed, it is Conerly – and not Eli Manning or Phil Simms – who holds most of the Giants’ significant rookie passing marks. And barring an unlikely circumstance, Jones will break several records that have stood for 71 years.
Conerly threw 299 passes in 1948. Jones has 257 attempts and must average a bit more than six passes over the final seven games to top the record. Since he’s averaged 36 attempts in his first seven starts, that shouldn’t be difficult.
The same is true of the rookie passing yardage record, which Conerly holds with 2,175 yards. Jones has 1,676 and needs exactly 500 to establish a new standard. That’s 71.4 a game. Jones is averaging 237.0 passing yards per start.
With seven starts behind him and seven games remaining, Jones has thrown 11 touchdown passes, half of Conerly’s record of 22.
Ironically, the one single-season rookie passing record Conerly doesn’t own is the one Jones hopes to not beat. In 1933, Harry Newman threw 17 interceptions, the most ever by a Giants rookie quarterback. Jones has thrown eight.
*Jones is producing with his legs as well as his arm. He led the Giants with 54 rushing yards – on six carries - Monday night against Dallas. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the highest yardage total on the ground produced by a Giants quarterback since Dec. 30, 1990, when Jeff Hostetler ran for 82 yards in a victory at New England. It was the most rushing attempts by a Giants quarterback since Manning had six vs. Dallas on Jan. 1, 2012 – but Manning’s total included three kneel-downs.
*Jones also led the team in rushing with 21 yards in his starting debut at Tampa Bay on Sept. 22. He is the first Giants quarterback to twice have the team’s highest rushing total since Fran Tarkenton in 1967.
*Jones had runs of 14 and 16 yards vs. Dallas to become the first Giants quarterback with two rushes that long in a game since Dec. 18, 1994, when Dave Brown had runs of 16 and 17 yards at Philadelphia.
*Jones has rushed for 188 yards this season, the highest total by a Giants quarterback since Brown had 228 in 1995. Newman holds the record for Giants quarterbacks with 483 rushing yards in 1934.
*Golden Tate matched Jones with a team-long 16-yard run on Monday night. It was the first time since the 1970 merger that a wide receiver and a quarterback tied for the team’s longest run in a game.
*A wide receiver has the Giants’ longest run three times this season – Sterling Shepard at Tampa Bay and vs. Washington, and Tate against Dallas. That last happened in 2000, when Amani Toomer (twice) and Ike Hilliard (once) had the Giants’ longest run in a game.
*Cody Latimer had kickoff returns of 50 and 41 yards vs. the Cowboys. He was the first Giants returner with two runbacks of at least 41 yards in a game since Dec. 9, 2012, when David Wilson had returns of 58, 97 and 52 yards vs. New Orleans. Jerrel Jernigan also had a 60-yard kickoff return in that game.
*The Giants have forced turnovers on their opponents’ opening offensive series in each of the last two games, at Detroit (Janoris Jenkins interception) and vs. Dallas (Antoine Bethea interception). That is the first time the defense has done that since Sept. 21-25, 2014 vs. Houston (Prince Amukamara interception) and at Washington (Mathias Kiwanuka forced a fumble by Kirk Cousins that was recovered by Cullen Jenkins).
*Aldrick Rosas kicked four field goals on Monday night, the highest total by a Giants kicker since Nov. 8, 2015, when Josh Brown kicked four at Tampa Bay.
*The Giants did not record a sack against Dallas, just their second sackless game this season; the first was also against the Cowboys, on Sept. 8. They have not sacked the quarterback in four of their last five games vs. Dallas. The Giants have lost 11 of the last 12 games in which they did not record sack. The lone victory was at San Francisco on Nov. 12, 2018.
*The Giants will have their bye after facing the Jets. Despite losing their last two and three of their last four pre-bye games, the Giants have one of the best records in games immediately before a week off:
Best records Prior to a Bye:
Seattle Seahawks: 24-6 (.800)
Minnesota Vikings: 21-9 (.700)
Dallas Cowboys: 21-10 (.677)
New Orleans Saints: 20-10 (.667)
New York Giants: 20-10 (.667)
Houston Texans: 11-6 (.647)
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