Daniel Jones Mania is sweeping through the NFL.
The New York Giants’ rookie quarterback put up an impressive performance in leading his team to a come-from-behind road win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, and the league office is giving him a little shine.
NFC Offensive Player of the Week
On Wednesday, the NFL announced the six players selected as AFC and NFC players of the week for Week 3, and Jones was unsurprisingly picked as the NFC offensive performer.
The Giants were down by 18 points at halftime and went on to win 32-31; it was just the second time in franchise history - and he first time in 70 years - New York won after being down by 18 at the midway point of a game.
Jones completed 23-of-36 passes (63.9 percent) for 336 yards with two passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s the first Giants quarterback with two rushing touchdowns in a game since Jeff Hostetler in 1991.
The last quarterback to win player of the week honors after his first career start was the Tennessee Titans’ Marcus Mariota in 2015.
Giants already gloating
The Giants — or at least their social media team — are already gloating about Jones.
In the hours and days after New York drafted Jones with the sixth overall pick last spring, the team and general manager Dave Gettleman were roundly criticized for the pick.
The Jones pick was even booed by Giants fans at the team’s draft party, and Jones was booed a couple of weeks later at a New York Yankees game before he’d even played a snap.
But on Wednesday morning, the Giants tweeted this:
Revisiting your tweets on draft day like... pic.twitter.com/WyfUed6Iay— New York Giants (@Giants) September 25, 2019
Which is cute, but a little premature. Yes, Jones was great in his first game, but obviously so was Mariota in his first game four years ago (ironically also against the Buccaneers), and he hasn’t exactly sustained that level of performance.
In short: pump the brakes, Giants. Let’s give it at least four starts before we’re starting with the “we told you so” tweets about Jones.
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