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Duke in the NFL: Jones’ progress stalls, Crowder misses third-straight game

Daniel Jones had a mediocre game against the Falcons after putting up career high numbers last week against the Washington Football Team.
Daniel Jones had a mediocre game against the Falcons after putting up career high numbers last week against the Washington Football Team.

With Week Three in the books, the Blue Zone takes a look at how former Blue Devils fared in the NFL:

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

After a solid Week Two performance against the Washington Football Team, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones sought to build onto his momentum in Sunday’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately, Jones was unable to replicate what he did best in his matchup against Washington: run the ball. He recorded only eight carries for 39 yards and zero touchdowns, a significant drop from his Week Two performance of nine carries for a career-high 95 yards and one touchdown. 

Passing-wise, Jones had a very average week. He was consistent, completing 24 of 35 pass attempts for 266 yards and zero touchdowns—a solid performance, but nothing spectacular. On the bright side, even though Jones did not score a touchdown, he did not commit any costly turnovers either, a sign of improvement for a quarterback who averaged 1.5 turnovers per game during the 2020 season. 

Jones’ shakiest moment came in the fourth quarter at tie game as the Giants were driving downfield to win it with two minutes to go. As he dropped back, Falcons linebacker Dante Fowler managed to swat the ball out of his hands, forcing a fumble. Thankfully for the Giants, Jones was able to recover the ball, but he lost nine yards on the play and put the Giants in a precarious position facing a third-and-19 in a must-score situation. 

As the Giants fall to 0-3, Jones faces more pressure than ever and needs to step up his game in crucial moments like this if his team is to be successful this season.  

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

Battling the same groin injury that sidelined him during Week Two, Jamison missed his third-straight game of the season Sunday.

The Jets offense was disappointing in its matchup against the Broncos defense this week, with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson completing 19 passes on 35 attempts for a low 119 yards and two interceptions. Including the rushing game, the Jets recorded a lowly 162 yards of total offense and zero points. With receiver Corey Davis dropping a few balls and rookie slot receiver Elijah Moore in concussion protocol following a hit late in the game, the Jets desperately need a veteran like Jamison to return in Week Four and revitalize their anemic offense.

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