Daniel Jones is aware that his selection by the Giants in April's draft wasn't greeted with rave reviews in New York, but he doesn't seem to be taking that too personally.
Some Giants fans at a draft night party at MetLife Stadium booed the pick, believing Jones was a reach at sixth overall.
"There's worse things in the world than being a first-round pick to the Giants," the former Duke quarterback told WFAN's "Boomer and Gio" on Tuesday. "So I wasn't feeling sorry for myself. I think it's part of it, and I understand it to some extent. But I was just excited for the opportunity. It was where I wanted to be. It was how I hoped it played out, and it did. I wasn't too caught up in that."
Then Jones was booed again in June when he was shown on the video screen attending a Yankees game at Yankee Stadium.
"It wasn't until after the game I realized that everyone's saying I got booed," Jones said. "And when I was there, I didn't really hear it as much."
Like it or not, Jones is their heir apparent to two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. Manning will go into the season as the starter, but Jones is patiently waiting for his chance.
"I think he's an awesome guy," Jones said. "He's been very helpful to me. Just kind of fun to be around and learn from. So I'm lucky to be in there with him."
The Giants will kick off their preseason against the Jets on Thursday night. Jones said he's not sure how much playing time he'll receive but he's looking forward to his NFL debut.
"I'm pumped," he said. "I think it'll be a lot of fun to get on the field, kind of put to work what we've been working on here these past couple of weeks of training camp and before that in OTAs."
To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.