Since entering the NFL in 2019, Daniel Jones has been the league's most turnover-prone quarterback, as he's allowed 30 fumbles and 22 interceptions in just 28 games with the New York Giants. Staggering, alarming numbers.
And although most fans have run out of patience for Jones and his recurring mistakes, former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer is still optimistic that the Giants' third-year starter will right his wrongs and develop into a reliable signal-caller.
"I see the toughness, the grit, the resilience, enough talent. The intangible stuff is going to allow him to survive what's going to be a horrific narrative of giving games away," Dilfer told The DA Show on Tuesday. "And we both know how narratives go in the NFL. Perception becomes reality, narratives become the focal point, the headliners. He's going to have to get through this turnover thing. And he will, because I think he's the right kind of kid.
"And when he does -- I don't think it's an if, I think it's a when -- and as [the Giants] get more talented upfront, I think he's going to be one of the better players in the NFL. I don't think he's going to be a flash and sizzle player all the time. I think he's going to grow into one of these great quarterbacks who makes everybody around him better because of what he's gone through, what he's endured, what he's had to fight through."
Jones, the sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft, completed 22 of 37 passes for 267 yards with two touchdowns and one fumble lost in the Giants' 27-13 season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. His lone passing score -- a 37-yard connection with receiver Sterling Shepard -- occurred early in the second quarter, while his rushing touchdown came on a 4-yard keeper during garbage time.
Last season, Jones completed 62.5-percent of his passes for 2,943 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 games. His quarterback rating (80.4) ranked 30th out of 35 qualifiers, and his sack percentage (9.1) ranked 35th out of 36. Overall, New York's offense was ugly, as the unit averaged a measly 17.5 points and 299.6 yards -- the second-lowest marks in the NFL.
Despite Jones' glaring issues protecting the football, his scrambling ability and top-level speed have been valuable. Through 28 games, the 24-year-old has rushed for a combined 729 yards and scored four times on the ground.
Jones and New York (0-1) will look to rebound on a short week, as they're scheduled to face the Washington Football Team (0-1) on Thursday night at FedEx Field. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Giants currently have a 17-percent chance to reach the playoffs, and a 12-percent chance to win the NFC East.
The entire NFL conversation between Dilfer and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.