Daniel Jones still believes he is Giants’ franchise QB, will be ready to go by training camp

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Daniel Jones (Kyle Sweeting/amNew York)

Daniel Jones still believes he will be the Giants’ best option under center come the start of the 2024 season even with his career in New York on shaky ground.

The 26-year-old quarterback, preparing for his sixth year in the NFL, continues to rehab from a season-ending torn Achilles that paired with a neck injury limited his 2023 season to just six games. 

Jones said that his neck is “100%” fine while the rehab from that torn ACL is projecting a full return by the start of training camp.

“Rehab is going well. Making good progress,” Jones said during the first day of OTAs. “Coming along. Spent a lot of time with the (athletic) trainers here and strength staff, so feel like things are going well. I’m coming along well.”

The Duke product has been throwing “for quite some time now,” which includes doing so on the move.

While he might be ready for the start of the season, there are no guarantees that the job is going to be his for long. When he was on the field last season, he struggled mightily behind a porous offensive line, completing 67.5% of his passes for 909 yards, two touchdowns, and six interceptions.

It was an uninspiring showing in the first year of a four-year, $160 million contract that has a team opt-out clause following the 2024 season. The draft could make general manager Joe Schoen’s motives clear if he takes a quarterback in the first two rounds, suggesting that Jones’ time with Big Blue is running out.

Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll have interviewed quarterback prospects that will be available at the draft later this month.

“I think you can get into trouble when you try to think too much about some of those things and how it all works out,” Jones said. “Yeah, like your antenna for some of those dynamics and relationships [goes up]. I’m just focused on what I’m doing, and that’s my rehab, getting healthy, spending time with the guys, and making sure we’re getting on the same page, and having the best spring we can. Like I said, that would be a better question for [Scohen and Daboll]. I’m focused on what I have to do.”

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