The speculation was that Jones would be on a one-year trial with new coach Brian Daboll before the team determined its long-term direction at quarterback. But is it possible that Jones doesn’t even start this season as a starter? Tyrod Taylor never played for Daboll at Buffalo, but that doesn’t mean Taylor couldn’t win the job if new Giants management decides Jones isn’t the long-term answer — and probably never will be.
After inheriting a flawed roster and a messy salary cap situation, Daboll has already hinted that there could be growing pains this year. Smart money remains on Jones to prove he can still be the starter, but the Giants could choose to fire a stunner and turn to Taylor – especially if reports of the Giants offense struggling mightily in camp are continuing. A Jones bench would be the most surprising development of all the potential demotions mentioned in this article. Stranger things have happened, however, and perhaps Daboll’s patience will run out if Jones’ turnover issues (his 49 freebies – including 20 league-high fumbles – since 2019 are tied for third) persist.