The Daniel Jones era in New York is officially here.
After the Giants dropped their first two games in lopsided fashion, the team will move on from longtime starting quarterback Eli Manning in favor of Jones, New York’s first-round selection in April’s NFL Draft. ESPN reporter Adam Schefter first reported the switch.
Jones was Duke’s starting quarterback for three seasons. Both Manning and Jones were coached in college by current Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe, known for his development of quarterbacks.
While at Duke, Jones led the Blue Devils to victories in the 2017 Quick Lane Bowl against Northern Illinois and the 2018 Independence Bowl against Temple, which was his last game in a Duke uniform. The Charlotte, N.C., native saved his best for last in college, passing for more than 400 yards and accounting for six touchdowns against the Owls.
In the Giants' season-opening 35-17 loss to the Cowboys, Jones did enter in the fourth quarter, completing 3-of-4 passes for 17 yards, though he lost a fumble on a scramble to the right side.
Jones will make his debut as the Giants' starter behind center Sunday when New York travels to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers.