Boone, who works for QB Country, told the New York Post’s Paul Schwartz that Jones looks more “cut-up” and could have gained around eight pounds. Boone also says that the objective was to make Jones stronger while not sacrificing his mobility.
“At the end of the day he wanted to get stronger and get a little more meat on his bones but still maintain being able to run and move around and being on the field the whole time,” Boone told the Post.
Jones, 23, was the No. 6 overall pick by the New York Giants last year. He appeared in 13 games and made 12 starts after taking over for Eli Manning. He showed some promise throwing for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, while rushing for 279 yards. The Giants went just 4-12 last season.
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.
“For a young guy like Jones, who has obviously shown a lot of ability, Jason is gonna help him immensely, with everything,” said Collins. “He’s not just gonna be an X’s and O’s guy, he’s gonna talk about that position and what it means to be successful. I’m really excited to see that combination.
“I’m sure Jason is gonna be heavily involved with Daniel’s development,” Collins added. “I just could not think of a better guy to have with Jones right now. His brains, the kind of guy he is, I think that match will be just absolutely phenomenal.”
Collins, the two-time Pro Bowler, was the quarterback for the Giants for five seasons from 1999 to 2003, serving as a predecessor to Jones’ predecessor, Eli Manning. Meanwhile, Garrett, himself a former quarterback, was Collins’ backup in New York for four of those seasons.
As for Jones, he showed flashes of brilliance during his rookie season but was otherwise marred by constant turnovers, both in terms of interceptions and fumbles. While the type of offense that Garrett wants to run in New York raises some questions, Collins obviously feels that Garrett’s presence and overall experience will do wonders for Jones’ development.
Eli Manning said recently that he expects Daniel Jones to be better positioned to grow as a leader in 2020 with Manning having retired, and it sounds like the former Duke star may agree.
Manning said during a radio interview last week that he suspects the situation with the New York Giants was “awkward at times” for Jones last year, as Jones was a rookie quarterback trying to take over for a two-time Super Bowl champion who was still on the roster. Jones admitted to reporters on Wednesday that there is some truth to that.
“I think looking back, (it) was definitely, probably, a little bit awkward at times, certain times,” Jones said on a Zoom conference call, via Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com. “But, I think we did a good job working together. I know I enjoyed working with him and certainly learned a ton from him.”
Manning was beloved by fans and teammates, which is why it was so controversial when former Giants coach Ben McAdoo benched Eli during the 2017 season. That decision was essentially overturned due to fan outrage. Fans weren’t nearly as angry when Manning was benched in favor of Jones last season, but situations like that are almost always uncomfortable in the locker room.
“I appreciate everything he did during (last) year,” Jones said. “I don’t know, it will certainly be different in the room. But I really enjoyed working with Eli last year. I thought it was a huge advantage for me to be able to learn from him and talk with him every day.”
Jones had some stretches of quality play last year, finishing with 3,027 yards, 24 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. The Giants will probably go as far as he can take them in 2020, and learning under Manning for one season may have been the best-case scenario for the 22-year-old. Jones dealt with some uncomfortable moments during his rookie year, but he was able to pick Manning’s brain and now no longer has a two-time Super Bowl champion looking over his shoulder.
The New York Giants are hoping for Daniel Jones to make a big second-year leap in 2020, and Eli Manning believes his retirement will help the former Duke star accomplish that.
With Manning now out of the picture, Jones will enter training camp and the season as the Giants’ starter. Manning said during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday that he expects Jones to benefit from the fact that Eli retired.
“I think it will be easier this year for him to kind of step up as that leader,” Manning said, as transcribed by Matt Citak of Giants.com. “Last year was probably awkward for him, me being there, me being in meeting rooms and just kind of the whole dynamic. Me being gone and, hey, he is the quarterback, he is the guy, for him to have that control and the authority over receivers and offensive line.”
Manning said he watched Jones do all the right things to earn the respect of his teammates last season, and Eli believes being able to take on more of a leadership role will help Jones develop.
“Now he can elevate that where now he’s in charge,” Manning said. “The questions are coming to him from the coordinator, he’s going to have to give his voice and his opinion on things.”
Manning certainly has a point. Even though he entered the season as the Giants’ starter last year, it was only a matter of time before Jones took over. Manning is an icon in New York, however, and many fans did not want to see him benched. That had to have made things uncomfortable for Jones and many others in the locker room.
Eli Manning once again took a back seat to rookie Daniel Jones for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, but the two New York Giants quarterbacks seemed to really enjoy the overtime victory together.
After the Giants pulled off a thrilling 41-35 OT win in Washington, Manning and Jones returned home and celebrated at the Green Rock Tap & Grill in Hoboken, New Jersey. They made it rain with napkins and played some flip cup together, and Manning seemed awfully proud of the man who took his job.
Never thought I'll see Eli Manning and Daniel Jones partying… but here we are.
If that’s not being a mentor, we don’t know what is.
Manning has managed to say all the right things about a difficult situation this year, and it’s safe to assume he holds no ill will toward the rookie if he’s out partying with him after games. We don’t know how much Manning has helped Jones in the film room, but the flip cup advice is invaluable.
The Eli Manning era with the New York Giants may be over for real this time.
Daniel Jones has been practicing this week after missing Week 14 and 15 with an ankle injury, and Giants head coach Pat Shurmur announced on Friday that the rookie will start Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.
Daniel Jones will start on Sunday vs. Redskins after missing two games with a high ankle sprain, per Pat Shurmur. Eli Manning back to the bench. #Giants
Unless Jones gets injured again, that almost certainly means Manning has made his final start as a Giant. If so, he gets to end his career in New York on a high note, having led the team to a 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins at home last week.