With QB Daniel Jones out the Giants have named Tommy DeVito their starting QB. DeVito went 15/20 for 175, 1 TD and 1 int on Sunday in a blowout loss to the Raiders.
“I just heard he had an ACL here 10 minutes ago,” Head Coach Brian Daboll said Monday afternoon of Jones. “So my focus is on being there for the young man. I know he’ll do everything he can to get back and ready to play.” And while Daboll was slow to do it, on Wednesday he confirmed that DeVito will start.
The move likely puts the Giants firmly in the hunt for the number 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. It’s already been a rocky season and things are likely to get much worse with Jones out, and Tyron Taylor expected to miss the remainder of the season as well.
CALEB WILLIAMS COULD BE AN UPGRADE FOR THE GIANTS
Whether fair to Jones or not Caleb Williams could be an upgrade at the position for the Giants. Although Jones just recently signed a massive contract, only $58.5-million is left guaranteed after this season. Definitely not prohibitive of drafting a QB.
Jones had easily his best season in 2022, his first under Daboll. In training camp DC Wink Martindale was effusive in his praise of Jones.
“I think Daniel right now’s throwing the ball better than he ever has, me going against him when I was in Baltimore and practicing with him all year last year. What’s tough is his athleticism, ’cause you could defend one play and it turns into another play when he scrambles and either finds a receiver or runs for 10 or 12 yards. Just what I see from the defensive side of the ball, I see a more confident player, and a guy that communicates more, and he’s not afraid to let it rip. I think that it’s just gonna be every day you’re gonna see something better with him.”
And offensive coordinator Mike Kafka was equally optimistic, “His mechanics at the line of scrimmage… getting guys in and out of the huddle, good tempo at the line of scrimmage. He’s in a totally different place right now just with the operation. In Year 2, that’s what you get. Year 2 in the same system, same head coach, coordinator, quarterback coach, there’s a lot of familiarity, and so you’re able to take advantage of that.”
But the season hasn’t worked out that way for the Giants. Currently at 2-7 the Giants lost an appealing matchup 13-10 to the Jets that made everyone sit up and question the offense.
With all the praise Jones got in camp, it may seem a little odd for them to move on so quickly. But at the end of the day football is about wins, and the Giants haven’t had anywhere near enough of those this season. The Giants could always double down on Jones and trade out of the pick to add more draft capital. But with the way things have gone that is seeming unlikely.