New York Giants’ Joe Choose believes Daniel Jones topped the damage information
At a meeting with reporters earlier this week, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones recognized his limits and essentially admitted that he was relegated to the pocket due to his persistent hamstring injury.
“I feel good, I feel healthy,” said Jones. “But I think you can tell from the tape that I can’t … I can’t do a lot of the same things that I’m used to. I will keep working and working to improve. But for now, I’ll probably have to adjust the way I play. I’ve been doing that for the past few weeks. “
The comments immediately led to questions about whether or not Jones had lied. Some even said he would apologize if he played badly against the Dallas Cowboys in week 17.
Few left the door open just for Jones to be honest. Maybe a little too honest.
That leap to conclusions and judgments fell flat, however.
On Thursday, head coach Joe Judge expressed his frustration with Jones for sharing too much regarding his injury status, which the head coach doesn’t want from his players for the first year.
“Look, I read Daniel’s comments yesterday. Probably a little more open than I would have done right there, ”the judge said sharply. “But as I said yesterday, we’ll do everything we can to win the game. But I can’t stress it enough either, I’ll always consider player health, as we call the game. I can’t turn around like you said yesterday and take off my gloves. Well, the gloves take off and you are exposing someone to long-term injury, which is not always the cheapest thing to do. We’re going to make sure we always put our players in a position of strength, and that includes their health. “
Jones hasn’t had many slip-ups in Judge’s eyes this season, but it sure was one.
More interesting is the leap that so many made when Jones was just being honest. The goal on his back seems bigger than ever and most seem determined to settle on a worst-case scenario when it comes to the sophomore quarterback. It’s a very dishonest and manipulative approach.
Anyone who saw Jones play in Week 16 could tell he was disabled, and there is no reason to believe that this would have magically changed in the 72 hours between the Ravens game and Jones’ comments.
Jones shouldn’t have tilted his hand the way he did, but he was certainly not being deliberately misleading or dishonest, nor was he making excuses.