New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones doesn’t inspire much public faith outside of those who share a building with him in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but there is a silent minority out there who expect big things.
It’s become somewhat taboo to express a faith in Jones after two inconsistent seasons to start his career, but when anonymity is offered, people feel more secure in saying, “you know what? This guy may have it.”
Such was the case this week when FanSided’s Matt Lombardo set out to gather opinions and evaluations on the Giants’ best players, including the third-year quarterback.
What Lombardo found was at least one NFC personnel executive who believes Jones is about to turn a corner.
“This year, it’s going to prove out that not only is it Daniel Jones, but he’ll be even better than Saquon Barkley. Call it a gut feeling, but after everything they did around him, it’s just his time,” the executive said when asked who the Giants’ best player is.
Understandably, not everyone settled on Jones as the Giants’ best player (or best player to be). Others surprised with their opinions as well, including one AFC offensive coordinator who went with guards Will Hernandez and Shane Lemieux.
“I hope for their sake that it’s Daniel Jones, but I really like their two offensive guards … Will Hernandez and Shane Lemieux. They’re both really tough, and really mean up front,” the coordinator said.
Defensive linemen Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence also drew some votes, as did tight end Evan Engram.
“Leonard Williams … He’s just so disruptive and strong at the point of attack up front,” one NFC head coach said.
“For them, it comes down to Dexter Lawrence. Things start up front, and he is as disruptive as they come. Dexter is really trending in the right direction to be an elite player,” an NFC defensive line coach said.
Interestingly, wide receiver Kenny Golladay, cornerback James Bradberry and linebacker Blake Martinez were not among those named in Lombardo’s article.