Daniel Jones (American football)
Jones in 2019
|No. 8 – New York Giants|
|Born:||May 27, 1997|
Charlotte, North Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||221 lb (100 kg)|
|High school:||Charlotte Latin School|
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
|NFL Draft:||2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2020|
|Player stats at PFR|
Daniel Stephen Jones III (born May 27, 1997), nicknamed Danny Dimes, is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Duke University and was drafted by the Giants in the first round in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Jones attended Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina. During his high school career, he had 6,997 passing yards and 98 touchdowns. Despite these numbers, Jones was barely recruited coming out of high school and was not ranked by Rivals.com. He originally committed to Princeton University, but eventually committed to Duke University to play college football.
After redshirting his first year at Duke in 2015, Jones became the starting quarterback in his sophomore season in 2016 after quarterback Thomas Sirk suffered a season-ending injury. Jones started all 12 games, completing 270 of 430 passes (62.8%) for 2,836 yards, sixteen touchdowns and nine interceptions.
In 2017, he completed 230 of 413 passes (55.7%) for 2,439 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as a junior. Jones was named MVP of the 2017 Quick Lane Bowl against Northern Illinois where he went 27-of-40 with 252 passing yards and two touchdowns, along with 86 rushing yards from sixteen carries for one touchdown.
During his senior year, Jones was named the MVP in the 2018 Independence Bowl, where he went 30–41 with 423 passing yards and five touchdowns in a 56–27 victory over Temple. He later played in the 2019 Senior Bowl for the North team, and was also the MVP of that game, going 8-of-11 with 115 passing yards and one touchdown.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 5 1⁄8 in
|32 1⁄2 in
|9 3⁄4 in
|4.81 s||4.41 s||7.0 s||33.5 in
|10 ft 0 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Jones made his professional debut on August 8, 2019, in the first preseason game against the interleague-rival New York Jets, where he completed all five of his passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Despite a stellar preseason, Jones was named the backup behind Eli Manning. Jones played his first regular season game on September 8, 2019, against the Dallas Cowboys in relief of Manning, where he completed 3-of-4 passes for 17 yards and lost a fumble as the Giants lost 35–17. On September 17, 2019, Jones was named the starter over Manning for the Week 3 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his first start, Jones completed 23 out of 36 passes for 336 yards with a 112.7 passer rating and two passing touchdowns along with 28 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a 32–31 comeback win against the Buccaneers despite losing two fumbles. He became the first Giants' rookie quarterback to win his first career start since Scott Brunner in 1980. Jones led the Giants back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Buccaneers and became the seventh rookie quarterback in NFL history since 2010 to have a game-winning drive in their first career start. He was also named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 3.
On September 29, in his second start (and first start at home), Jones led the Giants to a 24–3 victory over the Washington Redskins. After the game, Jones became the third quarterback in the Giants' history after Phil Simms (1979) and Travis Tidwell (1950) to begin their career with two wins as a starting quarterback for the franchise.
Jones played his first game on prime time on Thursday Night Football in Week 6 against the New England Patriots. In the game, Jones threw for 161 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the 35–14 loss. In Week 8, against the Detroit Lions, he had 322 passing yards and four passing touchdowns in a 31–26 defeat. In Week 10 against the New York Jets, Jones threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns in the 34–27 loss. In Week 16, Jones threw for career highs of 352 passing yards and five passing touchdowns as the Giants defeated the Washington Redskins in overtime 41–35. In the process, Jones became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw five touchdown passes in a game as a rookie. He also became the only rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 350 passing yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions in a single game. He was named the Pepsi Offensive Rookie of the Week for his efforts in the Week 16 win. In Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jones threw for 301 yards, one touchdown, and one interception during the 34–17 loss. Jones finished his rookie season with 3,027 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, and 12 interceptions to go along with 45 carries for 279 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and had a league-leading 18 fumbles with 11 of them lost.
Jones was selected to be a team captain in his second season. This is the 14th consecutive season the Giants' starting quarterback will serve as a captain. Eli Manning, held the honor for the last 13 years.
Jones played in his first Monday Night Football game in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. During the game, Jones threw for 279 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the 26–16 loss.
NFL career statistics
|Led the league|
Giants Franchise records
- Most Games started (rookie season): 12 (2019)
- Most Completions (rookie season): 284 (2019)
- Most Pass Attempts (rookie season): 459 (2019)
- Highest Completion Percentage (rookie season): 61.8% (2019)
- Most Passing Yards (rookie season): 3,027 (2019)
- Most Passing TDs (rookie season): 24 (2019)
- Most Passer Rating (rookie season): 87.7 (2019)
- Most Pass Yds/Game (rookie season): 232.8 (2019)
- Most Losses (rookie season): 9 (2019)
- Most 4th Quarter Comebacks (rookie season): 1 (2019) (tied with 6 other players)
- Most Game Winning Drives (rookie season): 2 (2019)
- Most passing touchdowns in a single game by a rookie quarterback: 5 (December 22, 2019 vs. Washington Redskins) (tied with Ray Buivid, Matthew Stafford, Jameis Winston, and Deshaun Watson)
- First rookie to have three games with four touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Jones was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 27, 1997. He is the oldest son of Becca and Steve Jones. He has an older sister, also named Becca, who played field hockey at Davidson College, a younger brother, Bates, who plays basketball at Davidson, and a younger sister, Ruthie, who plays soccer at Duke. Jones graduated from Duke University in December 2018 with a degree in economics.
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