Aug 11, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) talks with his teammates on the bench during the first half of a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones reveals offseason neck surgery

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones revealed he had a previously undisclosed neck surgery in the offseason.

Jones said Thursday he had a “non-football related procedure” early in the offseason after being pressed about a photo circulating from the preseason opener. The action shot of Jones shows a scar between his chin and collarbone on the front of the neck where the thyroid is located.

Jones ended last season on injured reserve and was cleared for offseason workouts on April 4. But he said Thursday the surgery was “100 percent unrelated” to the on-field injury.

Jones, 25, only played 11 games for New York in 2021, his third NFL season, before the injury sidelined him and eventually got him placed on injured reserve. In those games (all starts), Jones threw for 2,428 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions on a career-best 64.3 completion percentage.

He also fumbled seven times, and the Giants went just 4-7 in those games.

Jones has yet to play a full season in the NFL, missing time each season with injuries while playing behind a much-maligned offensive line. Owner John Mara admitted this winter that the Giants had “done everything we can to screw (Jones) up since he’s been here.”

But new general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll passed on the fifth-year option on Jones’ rookie contract for 2023 that would have been worth $22.4 million.

The Giants selected Jones with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka talk on the field during mandatory minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in East Rutherford.

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Giants OC: Daniel Jones ‘doing a phenomenal job’

Mike Kafka has yet to see Daniel Jones perform in a game situation, but the New York Giants’ first-year offensive coordinator likes what he has seen thus far from the fourth-year quarterback.

“I think Daniel’s doing a phenomenal job,” Kafka said Monday. “He’s working. He’s operating the offense. I like what he’s doing as far as being a leader and trying to get these guys up and push the tempo of the offense.

“So, I like where Daniel’s at.”

The Giants open their three-game preseason slate Thursday at the New England Patriots. It will be the first game together for Jones, Kafka and new head coach Brian Daboll.

Kafka spent the past five years on Andy Reid’s staff in Kansas City, including the past two as the Chiefs’ passing game coordinator. He has been charged with calling plays during training camp but whether that role continues into the season remains to be seen.

That makes Thursday night a bit of a tryout for Kafka as well.

“I look at it as an opportunity,” he said. “An opportunity not only for myself, but for the players. Everyone out there is, those guys are, you know, everyone on there is working hard to make the team and show what they can do and show that they can build themselves a role.

“So, I’m looking to go out and do my job to the best of my ability and put the guys in the best position to be successful and show what they can do.”

Whether it’s Daboll or Kafka calling plays, they will need Jones to put together a consistent season in his contract year in order for the Giants’ offense to be successful.

Jones is being charged with learning a new offense — and being the on-field leader for all the offensive personnel trying to get up to speed ahead of the Sept. 11 season opener at the Tennessee Titans.

“I think over the last, probably, week to 10 days, I think that communication really has gotten a lot better,” Kafka said of Jones’ communication with his receivers in particular. “In the meeting rooms, those guys are getting a lot more vocal.

“Not just the quarterbacks, but the receivers making sure that, ‘Hey Daniel. OK if it’s — I saw it this way.’ And then vice versa. Daniel saying, ‘I think you should hit it like this, or show me this body language.’

“That’s what we’re stressing to these guys: Let’s talk. Not just receivers and quarterbacks, but O-line. Everyone’s got to get on the same page.”

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) participates in the organized team activities (OTAs) at the training center in East Rutherford on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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Giants’ Daniel Jones ‘confident’ despite declined fifth-year option

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones chose his words carefully Thursday when discussing new general manager Joe Schoen’s decision not to fully guarantee his fifth-year option for 2023.

Jones, however, was clear in saying that he remains sold on his abilities.

“Yeah, I’m certainly confident in myself. I’m confident in the team we have and the coaches and the system,” Jones said. “I think we’re all learning it, and we’re improving daily with it. There’s a lot of reasons to be confident, I think, when you look at all those pieces. We’ve got to focus on what we’re doing now. We can’t focus on results and the season. That’s a long way away.”

He missed six games last season with a neck injury.

Jones has shown glimpses of potential in the three seasons since the Giants selected him with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Those glimpses weren’t enough, however, as Schoen elected against paying the quarterback $22.3 million in 2023.

“That was certainly out of my control, out of my hands, and that’s the business part of it. I understand that,” said Jones, who turns 25 next week.

“My job is to prepare to play as well as I can, help the team win games, and that’s certainly what I’m focused on.”

And he’ll try to do so under new head coach Brian Daboll, who previously aided in the development of Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Jones completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,428 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 starts last season. He had seven interceptions and seven fumbles.

Through 38 games (37 starts), he owns a 12-25 record with 8,398 passing yards, 45 TDs and 29 picks.

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to throw in the first half. The Giants defeat the Eagles, 13-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Giants QB Daniel Jones (neck) cleared for offseason program

There will be no limitations on what quarterback Daniel Jones can do as the New York Giants begin their offseason workout program Monday.

Jones told reporters he was “cleared and ready to go” with the Giants after a neck injury cut short his 2021 season.

Jones only played 11 games for New York in 2021, his third NFL season, before the injury sidelined him and eventually got him placed on injured reserve. In those 11 games (all starts), Jones threw for 2,248 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions on a career-best 64.3 completion percentage.

He also fumbled seven times, and the Giants went just 4-7 in those games.

The Giants are under new management, with GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll opting to bring in veteran Tyrod Taylor at the position. Jones remains the starter for now.

“I’m excited. I’m excited to get going here. I appreciate the support,” he said. “But it’s my job to do my role, to prepare this team, to prepare myself to play as well as I can and put this team in position to win games. So I take that responsibility very seriously and that is what I’m focused on.”

Jones has yet to play a full season in the NFL, missing time each season with injuries while playing behind a much-maligned offensive line. Owner John Mara admitted this winter that the Giants had “done everything we can to screw (Jones) up since he’s been here.”

Soon New York will need to choose whether to pick up the fifth-year option on Jones’ rookie contract for 2023. That would be worth a costly $22.4 million.

“We’ll do that when it comes up,” Jones said Monday. “But I’m focused on what we’re doing here and preparing and taking advantage of every day we have here together.”

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Reports: Giants to sign QB Tyrod Taylor

The New York Giants plan to sign veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

ESPN said the sides agreed on a two-year contract worth $17 million, with $8.5 million of it guaranteed.

The Giants would mark the sixth NFL team for Taylor since he entered the league in 2011. It remains to be seen whether the franchise’s new staff, headed by coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen, want Taylor to back up incumbent Daniel Jones or compete with him for the starting job.

Taylor, 32, played for the Houston Texans in 2021. He began the season as Houston’s starting quarterback with Deshaun Watson sidelined amid his legal trouble. Taylor missed some time with a hamstring injury, and in December, he was benched in favor of rookie Davis Mills for the remainder of the season.

Taylor finished 2021 with six starts, 966 passing yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions.

Taylor was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015, his first of three seasons as the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback. He overlapped with Schoen in Buffalo in 2017 when Schoen was the Bills’ assistant general manager. Daboll, who was Buffalo’s offensive coordinator from 2018-21, did not work with Taylor there.

In 78 career games (53 starts), Taylor has amassed 10,736 passing yards, 59 touchdowns and 25 interceptions with a 61.3 percent completion rate. He has also gained 2,001 rushing yards and run for 19 touchdowns, 14 of those coming during his three seasons with the Bills.

Taylor also has played for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Chargers.

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Report: Giants to pursue free-agent QB Mitchell Trubisky

The New York Giants are expected to pursue free-agent quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, which would give returning starter Daniel Jones some competition ahead of the 2022 season.

Trubisky spent last season as a backup to Josh Allen in Buffalo, where new Giants coach Brian Daboll was the offensive coordinator.

So far, Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen — also from the Bills — have thrown their support behind Jones, but that could change if Trubisky were to come in and wow the brass in spring workouts and training camp.

Both were top 10 draft picks. Jones was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 draft by the Giants. The Bears chose Trubisky with the second overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft but didn’t pick up his fifth-year option.

Instead, he wound up in Buffalo in 2021 and appeared in six games in mop-up time, completing 6 of 8 passes for 43 yards and an interception. He ran for 24 yards and a touchdown.

With the Bears, he completed 64.1 percent of his pass attempts for 10,609 yards with 64 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. He added eight rushing touchdowns and 1,057 yards, and he posted a 29-21 record as a starter.

Trubisky said on an ESPN podcast recently that the Giants could be an attractive landing spot because of Daboll.

“I think of Coach Daboll right away because of my connection with him in Buffalo. I’m excited to see what he does in New York really,” Trubisky said. “I don’t know where I’m going to go, but I know whatever he does there he’s going to do a great job with that offense. He’s a great leader of men. He’s just real and authentic with all the guys and I think that is why so many people respected him in our building. So I’m excited to see what he’s going to do.”

Other teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, are expected to make offers to Trubisky, 27.

Jones, 24, was limited to 11 games because of a neck injury sustained in a Week 12 win over the Philadelphia Eagles that ended his season. He completed 232 passes for 2,428 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season.

Since taking over from two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning in 2019, Jones is 12-25 as the starting quarterback, throwing for 8,398 total yards with 45 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

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Brian Daboll’s mission: Bring out ‘best version’ of Giants QB Daniel Jones

Brian Daboll said his priority as the new coach of the New York Giants will be to help quarterback Daniel Jones reach his potential.

Daboll, 46, met the media for the first time since he was hired on Friday and said it’s time for Jones to have some coaching stability. Entering his fourth NFL season, Jones will be learning from his third head coach and fourth offensive coordinator.

“There’s a lot of things to like about Daniel, and we’ll just take it one day at a time, we’ll work with him, we’ll help him get better,” Daboll said of Jones, 24. “We’ll help him be a better leader, we’ll help him be everything. That’s our job as a coaching staff and as an organization. It takes everybody. It’s not just me. It’s the rest of the coaches on our staff, it’s the scouts, it’s the support staff, it’s the ownership group. It takes a lot to raise a quarterback, if you will. He’s been around the block these last three years with some different pieces. We’re going to try to give him some stability and just take it from there.”

Jones was the No. 6 overall draft pick in 2019. In his most recent position as offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, Daboll worked with the No. 7 pick of the 2018 draft — Josh Allen.

Allen threw for 4,407 yards and 36 touchdowns this season, but Daboll said he doesn’t expect Jones to turn into the eastern New York version of Allen.

“We’re going to take it day by day,” Daboll said. “We’re not going to make any predictions, and I wouldn’t do that to Daniel or really any player. I don’t think that’s fair to compare him to another guy that I was working with. He’s himself. We’re going to find out what he does well, we’re going to try to implement a system that suits him, and then it’s our job to bring pieces in that help him to be the best version of himself and the best quarterback for us.”

New general manager Joe Schoen, who worked with Daboll in Buffalo, also committed to Jones as quarterback in his introductory news conference last week.

Jones, 24, was limited to 11 games in 2021 because of a neck injury sustained in a Week 12 win over the Philadelphia Eagles that ended his season. Jones, the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, completed 232 passes for 2,428 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season.

Since taking over from two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning in 2019, Jones is 12-25 as the starting quarterback, throwing for 8,398 total yards with 45 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

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New Giants GM: Daniel Jones is the team’s quarterback

New Giants general manager Joe Schoen met the New York media for the first time on Wednesday and delivered a clear message: Daniel Jones will be the team’s quarterback in 2022.

“I’ve looked at Daniel,” Schoen said at his introductory news conference. “Once the new staff gets in here, we’re going to get together — offensive coordinator, head coach, the entire staff — dive into the film as a group and look at what Daniel does best and we’re going to try to allow him to put his best foot forward.”

Jones struggled in 2021 under head coach Joe Judge, who was fired at the end of the season after two years at the helm. Schoen sounded ready to wipe the slate clean when it comes to Jones.

“I’ve looked at him. I wasn’t here in the past, so I don’t exactly know what he was told to do, but I do know this: I know he’s a great kid,” Schoen said. ” … There’s not anybody in this building that’s said a bad word about his work ethic, passion, desire to win, and I think you’ve got to have those traits as a quarterback. The kid has physical ability. He’s got arm strength, he’s athletic, he can run. I’m really excited to work with Daniel.”

Jones was on hand at the news conference, as was Giants co-owner John Mara, who threw his support behind Jones and discounted any notion that the team would try to trade for disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Watson was inactive all 17 weeks of the season for the Texans as he faces civil lawsuits from 22 women who accused him of sexual misconduct.

“We’re not trading for Deshaun Watson,” Mara said. “There are so many reasons why we wouldn’t do that. Cap-wise, we couldn’t afford it, but more importantly with the allegations that are out there right now, that’s just not the right fit for us.”

Instead, it will be back to the drawing board for Jones with a new staff – something Mara undoubtedly will be happy to see.

“We’ve done everything possible to screw this kid up since he’s been here,” Mara said. “… We certainly have not given up on Daniel Jones.”

Jones, 24, was limited to 11 games because of a neck injury sustained in a Week 12 win over the Philadelphia Eagles that ended his season. Jones, the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, completed 232 passes for 2,428 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season.

Since taking over from two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning in 2019, Jones is 12-25 as the starting quarterback, throwing for 8,398 total yards with 45 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

If Schoen is to turn around the fortunes of the franchise — the Giants have played in one playoff game since winning the Super Bowl following the 2011 season — that will start with the head coach he brings on board. Since Schoen’s hiring on Friday, the Giants have had two interviews with Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and also interviewed defensive coordinators Leslie Frazier (Bills), Lou Anarumo (Cincinnati Bengals) and Dan Quinn (Dallas Cowboys).

Schoen most recently was the assistant general manager of the Bills, so he has familiarity with both Daboll and Frazier.

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Dec 19, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge (left) talks with quarterback Daniel Jones (8) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Joe Judge, QB Daniel Jones to return to Giants in 2022

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge and quarterback Daniel Jones will get another chance to prove themselves in 2022, ESPN reported Sunday.

The Giants are 4-10 and have lost double-digit games in seven of the past eight seasons, but ownership apparently isn’t ready to move on from the pair yet.

Judge has a 10-20 record as he approaches the end of his second season at the helm. Jones is 12-25 as a starter since taking the reins from Eli Manning in the 2019 season.

The sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft, Jones will be in the fourth and final year of his contract in 2022, and the Giants have time to decide whether they will pick up his fifth-year option.

ESPN said the Giants could choose to move on from general manager Dave Gettleman, however. If they do, they would let GM candidates know of their desire to keep the Judge-Jones tandem in place.

The Giants shut down Jones, 24, for the season last week as he continues to recover from a neck injury, which he sustained in a 13-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 28.

On the season, Jones completed 64.3 percent of his passes (232 of 361) for 2,428 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

In 38 career games (37 starts), Jones has thrown for 8,398 yards with 45 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

The Giants will face the Eagles (7-7) in Philadelphia on Sunday. Quarterback Jake Fromm will make his first career start.

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to throw in the first half. The Giants defeat the Eagles, 13-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Daniel Jones confident he’s Giants’ ’22 QB; oddsmakers less so

Although Daniel Jones maintains unwavering support from his head coach, his future as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback remains a hot topic of debate as the offseason nears.

The Giants enter Week 16 with a 4-10 record, and Jones won’t play again this season because of a sprained neck. He hasn’t played since Nov. 28, cutting his season to 11 games. The No. 6 overall draft pick in 2019 missed three games as a rookie and two last season.

Jones will be entering the final year of his rookie contract, but there has been plenty of speculation that the Giants might pursue a veteran during the offseason.

Oddsmakers at SportsBetting.ag have put +150 odds that the Giants’ Week 1 starting quarterback next season will be acquired via trade and +175 odds that it will be a player signed in free agency. That’s compared to +200 odds that Jones will be under center when the 2022 season begins.

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–QB Acquired Via Trade: +150
–Free Agent Signing: +175
–Daniel Jones +200
–Jake Fromm +300
–Draft Pick +500

Giants coach Joe Judge has continued to support Jones publicly, including when asked about the quarterback’s future after Jones was placed on injured reserve Monday.

“I’ve seen enough growth from Daniel to tell us that he’s a guy we want to go ahead and play with,” Judge said. “I don’t think there’s much more Daniel could have done than what he was already doing.

“My expectation for him is to continue on the path he’s on of helping his teammates to stay mentally engaged and keep preparing. He’s done such a phenomenal job for us already. My expectation is just for him to continue doing what he’s been doing.”

Jones will finish this season with a career-best 64.3 completion percentage, throwing for 2,428 yards and 10 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He added 298 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

“There’s things (Judge) expects me to improve on going forward,” Jones said Wednesday. “I understand that and obviously take that very seriously. That’s kind of my approach.”

Jones has another strong supporter in running back Saquon Barkley, whose own future with the team is a topic of some debate as he’ll enter the fifth and final year of his rookie deal in 2022.

“That’s my dog, one of my best friends,” Barkley said Thursday. “I know how special he is, and I know how special he’s going to be.

“I just don’t know where the conversation comes up from whether he’s going to be this or that. We just got to focus on coming to work every single day, getting better every single day and that’s all you can ask from a player, that’s all you can ask from a teammate.

“And Daniel Jones is that every single day.”

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