Tiki Barber is a big believer in Daniel Jones.
How big of a believer? Well, in a division that contains a prime MVP candidate and potential Super Bowl champion in Jalen Hurts, Barber says it is Jones who will develop into the best quarterback in the NFC East.
“He is going to be the best quarterback in the NFC East,” Tiki said. “I know that Jalen Hurts is a stud, I know that he's amazing, got all these accolades, but he's also got a lot around him. He's got a lot around him.”
Why is Tiki so confident? Brian Daboll, who helped another quarterback raise his game to an astronomical level.
“Josh Allen who came into the league from Wyoming, and nothing he did at Wyoming translated to the NFL,” Tiki said. “Guess what? His rookie season, he pretty much sucked: 52% completion percentage, 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. But you know, Brian Daboll was just like, ‘You know what, just run the ball a little bit, go out there and use your athleticism.’
“What did he do? He runs for 630 yards and eight touchdowns and they weren't good, but he kind of felt confident in himself the next year. They coached him up. He got a little bit better, 58% completion percentage, 20 touchdowns, nine interceptions, just kind of started taking baby steps. The next season, he's an MVP candidate and he throws for 37 touchdowns. He became the man So coaching matters.”
Now that Daboll is leading the Giants, Tiki says there’s no reason why Jones can’t follow that same trajectory.
“Daniel Jones is in a situation right now with the Giants, Mike Kafka, more importantly, Brian Daboll, where he is going to be coached into a top-10 quarterback,” Tiki said. “I believe that. I truly believe that, maybe that's because I have blind faith in the Giants coaching staff. But I also know because of his skillset. He's 6-foot-5, he's big, doesn't have to move out of the pocket to see crossing routes and throws and digs over the middle. He can stand right where he needs to stand and deliver every single throw. And if he needs to run, he'll go run. He had 700 yards and seven touchdowns this year.”