Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterbacks Eli Manning (10) and Daniel Jones (8) warm up prior to their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones received ‘little pep talk’ from Eli Manning

During Monday night’s “ManningCast” of the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-14 wild-card win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Eli Manning discussed the advice he gave to his successor with the New York Giants.

Manning said Giants quarterback Daniel Jones reached out to him before his first playoff game Sunday, and Manning kept it brief with a “little pep talk.” The Giants went on to upset the Minnesota Vikings 31-24 and Jones drew plaudits for his performance.

“With Daniel, I never reach out to Daniel,” Manning said. “I told him, ‘I’m always a resource for you. I’m here for you. I’m not going to be the annoying guy like calling you and telling you what you should do or shouldn’t.’

“But he reached out and was kind of like, ‘Hey, first playoff game. Anything I need to know about?’ And I said, ‘Just play the way you’ve been playing. You don’t all of a sudden get to the playoffs and say I’ve got to try to change something or do something new.’ I said, ‘You’ve been playing great all year.’”

Manning said Jones asked if the old adage that the playoffs are “faster” had any truth behind it.

“I’m like, ‘That’s just something people say because they’ve got to say something,’” Manning said. “The speed’s the same. No one all of a sudden gets faster all of a sudden for this game. It’s just if people are playing harder, you’re going to play harder. … People are just going to the whistle.”

Jones completed 24 of 35 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns and added 78 rushing yards. He became the first player in NFL history to reach 300 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and 70 rushing yards in a playoff game.

Sunday marked New York’s first playoff victory since 2011, the second of two Super Bowl runs by Manning’s Giants. Manning was the MVP of both Super Bowls (XLII and XLVI) and started 234 games at quarterback for the Giants until his retirement following the 2019 season, the same year New York drafted Jones sixth overall.

The sixth-seeded Giants will visit the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night in the divisional round.

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (12) throws the ball against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants elevate QB Davis Webb as Daniel Jones could sit out Sunday

The New York Giants activated quarterback Davis Webb from the practice squad on Saturday, a move that indicates starter Daniel Jones could take the day off on Sunday in the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Win or lose, the Giants (9-6-1) are locked into the No. 6 in the NFC playoffs.

Veteran backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor could start in Philadelphia on Sunday, but the New York Post reported that it will be Webb, 27, who gets his first career start.

Webb, the Giants’ third-round draft pick in 2017, has appeared in one NFL regular-season game and has yet to throw a pass.

The Giants also activated defensive lineman Jack Heflin from the practice squad. Heflin, 24, appeared in four games last season with the Green Bay Packers, making one tackle.

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Oct 2, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones moves from injury report to starting lineup

Daniel Jones draws the start for the New York Giants in London on Sunday after being removed from the team’s injury report and participating in Friday’s workout to prepare for the Green Bay Packers.

Jones left the Giants’ win over the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter and had his ankle heavily taped on the sideline before being forced back into the game due to backup Tyrod Taylor’s head injury.

Jones did not attempt another pass — only handoffs to running back Saquon Barkley — in the game and his status for Week 5 had been up in the air due to limited participation in practice.

But Jones was removed from the injury report and said he is good to go for the International Series date Sunday.

Whether he’ll have many capable hands around him is another question. Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and Kenny Golladay (knee) are out this week and Sterling Shepard (knee) was lost for the season.

Leading receiver Richie James, limited in Thursday’s practice with an ankle injury, was a full participant on Friday.

The Packers removed cornerback Jaire Alexander and left tackle David Bakhtiari from the injury report.

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Oct 2, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones (ankle) on track to play vs. Packers in London

The New York Giants believe quarterback Daniel Jones is on track to play in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers in London.

Jones sprained his ankle during last Sunday’s 20-12 win over the Chicago Bears. He had to come back into the game after backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion.

Jones was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day. Reports said he looked “comfortable” while running during the open-media portion of Thursday’s practice.

“He was running around and doing everything that we are asking him to do from a practice standpoint,” offensive coordinator Mike Kafka told reporters.

Coach Brian Daboll said Jones was “no worse” Thursday after the Giants increased his number of reps.

Taylor is not expected to clear concussion protocol in time for Sunday’s game. If Jones can’t play, it would leave practice squad quarterback Davis Webb to make his first career start.

Wide receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) went from a limited practice participant on Wednesday to a non-participant Thursday. Receiver Richie James (ankle) and safety Julian Love (concussion, non-contact) were upgraded to limited participants Thursday after missing Wednesday.

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Oct 2, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones planning to start vs. Packers in London

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones plans to start Sunday in London when New York faces the Green Bay Packers.

Jones is considered day-to-day and said “I’m good,” when asked to assess his ankle injury in the aftermath of the Giants’ (3-1) win over the Chicago Bears.

Jones and backup Tyrod Taylor were both injured in the Week 4 victory. Jones bent his leg awkwardly on a tackle in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Taylor, who threw an interception on his first possession and then left the game after taking a shot to the head.

Jones re-entered the game but lined up wide with running back Saquon Barkley at quarterback — in the Wildcat formation — for three plays.

The 20-12 win was a power display by the Giants, who ran 44 times for 262 yards, including 146 from Barkley and 68 from Jones.

But head coach Brian Daboll said he won’t tamp down Jones’ use as a runner on the belief injuries happen when players begin making adjustments to avoid them.

Jones had two rushing TDs and the Giants had success on designed bootleg runs, including Jones’ 21-yard TD.

On the official QB hit stats, Jones had better protection — two hits compared to 12 against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3 — by getting out of the pocket.

Behind Taylor, Davis Webb is the No. 3 quarterback. Webb is on the practice squad and would need to be elevated to the 53-man roster in order to be active in England this week.

The Packers survived in overtime in Week 4 while facing Patriots backup Brian Hoyer and rookie Bailey Zappe. Starter Mac Jones (ankle) did not play.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to throw against the Chicago Bears in the first half at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford.

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Quarterback Daniel Jones briefly leaves Giants game with Bears

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones departed Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears late in the third quarter due to a left ankle injury.

The Giants said Jones was questionable to return, but when backup Tyrod Taylor took a hit of his own, Jones returned to the game.

Taylor is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

Jones was injured while being sacked by Chicago’s Jaquan Brisker with just over three minutes left in the quarter. He stayed in for the rest of the drive before being worked on by trainers and getting the ankle heavily taped.

When the Giants got the ball back with 38 seconds left in the quarter, Taylor was in at quarterback in place of Jones.

Jones rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns prior to the injury. He completed 8 of 13 passes for 71 yards.

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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.

–Field Level Media