Joe Schoen: New Giants staff will 'build an offense' around Daniel Jones


The Giants officially have a new general manager, will soon have a new head coach, and many still wonder whether the team will have a new quarterback come next season.

Co-owner John Mara crushed any chance of the team trading for Deshaun Watson, but other quarterbacks like Russell Wilson could be available via trade this offseason. But speaking at his introductory press conference on Wednesday, new GM Joe Schoen made it seem like Big Blue is moving forward with Daniel Jones in 2022.

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“I’ve looked at Daniel,” Schoen said. “Once the new staff gets in here, we’re gonna get together…look at what Daniel does that, and we’re gonna try and allow him to put his best foot forward.”

New York was hoping for a clearer picture on Jones in what was his third NFL season, but instead, the former No. 6 overall pick once again showed flashes of brilliance around more lackluster play. He played in 11 games, completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,428 yards and 10 touchdowns against seven interceptions. His season was cut short due to a neck injury at a time when the Giants really needed a glimpse at their potential future.

But Schoen sees a quarterback that can be part of the team’s future under its new regime.

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“I know he’s a great kid, he’s been in this building the last two days,” Schoen said. “I’ve talked to him, and there’s not anybody in this building that has said a bad thing about his work ethic, passion, his desire to win, and I think you have to have those traits as a quarterback.”

Schoen is coming from a Bills team that has one of the best quarterbacks in football and a perennial MVP candidate in Josh Allen, but he sees potential in Jones.

“The kid has physical ability,” Schoen said. “He’s got arm strength, he’s athletic, he can run. I’m very excited to work with Daniel. When the new staff gets in here, we’ll build an offense around Daniel to accentuate what he does best.”

As for those who have already had an up-close look at Jones, like Giants co-owner John Mara, they also believe Jones can be the franchise’s long-term solution under center.

“We do feel Daniel can play,” Mara said. “We’ve done everything possible to screw this kid up.”

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