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Joe Judge explains his initial reluctance to comment on Daniel Jones

Joe Judge

New York Giants coach Joe Judge raised a lot of eyebrows after his hiring by refusing to single out any of his players. That included quarterback Daniel Jones, who’s coming off a promising rookie season and looked set to be the team’s unquestioned starter going forward.

Judge is changing his policy now, and he said it’s because he’s actually gotten the chance to work with the quarterback in person.

“You know, the tough thing early on, and everyone just thought I was avoiding his name, the truth was I didn’t have anything to evaluate him on,” Judge told Art Stapleton of northjersey.com. “For me to just come out and speak blankly on a player I’ve never coached, or even dealt with on the field or in the classroom, that’s an unfair evaluation whether it’s positive or negative, for him and every other player, because they haven’t had the opportunity to go out on the field and demonstrate what they’ve done.”

Judge praised Jones’ intangibles and leadership skills, and said he’d been impressed by the work the quarterback has been doing this spring.

Expectations are high for Jones going forward. He passed the 3,000-yard mark as a rookie, throwing 24 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. There’s a clear belief that he’s going to do more going forward — and yes, he does have his coach’s faith, it seems.

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