By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
It’s year three for Daniel Jones, and the Giants now are his team.
John Mara thinks so. Many other people probably do too.
The Giants owner recently stated Jones can win a Super Bowl.”I can say that without hesitation,” he said.
Can Jones win multiple Super Bowls?
“I don’t see why not,” added Mara. “If we put the right pieces around him.”
Is the pressure on Jones? The Giants have worked to solidify the surroundings around Jones to heighten the expectations toward the postseason.
Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman has surrounded Jones with new pieces receivers Kenny Golladay, and John Ross, tight end Kyle Rudolph, running back Devontae Booker, and also quarterback Mike Glennon as his backup to the core of Saquon Barkley, Sterling Sheparrd, Evan Engram, and Darius Slayton.
The offensive line finally found its identity last season, and also has some depth.
On the other side of the ball, Gettleman signed defensive lineman Leonard Williams and cornerback Adoree Jackson among a core of other veterans throughout the unit.
With Gettleman’s acquisitions that totaled approximately $120-200 million, Mara noted that he expected his team to make the playoffs this season.
Jones has the upstart, young head coach in Joe Judge, who also expects his 6-10 club from a year ago to take the next step.
And the third-year quarterback from Duke is at the center of it all.
Jones took the initiative by organizing workouts in Arizona for his receivers, tight ends, and offensive linemen that began Monday and ended Friday.
With expectations raised, Jones understands how his trial period as the next Giants’ franchise quarterback is now behind him.
Jones had his share of stumbles last season, but he added a new phase to his game — he rushed 64 times for 423 yards — a 6.5 per carry average — with a touchdown.
He had a memorable 80-yard dash in Philadelphia on a Thursday night game last season before he tripped and stumbled down on the Eagles’ eight-yard line.
Even though his numbers — 11 touchdowns, 10 interceptions , 2,943 yards — last season weren’t as efficient as his rookie season — 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 3,027 yards — there was a prevailing feeling that Jones had arrived.
The whispers about the Giants moving on from Jones are gone.
Through his first 27 games, Eli Manning threw for 5,423 yards with 35 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.
In the same span, Jones has 5,970 yards with 35 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.
Manning had a 13-14 regular season record with a Wildcard playoff through his first 27 games, while Jones has a 8-19 mark.
In a few weeks, the draft and mini-camps will be set in motion.
With the Jets high-profile rookie quarterback issue that will dominate the headlines, Jones’ latest ascent likely will fly under the radar.
Yet, Jones will be on the forefront, as he has everything aligned in his favor.