Herzlich Predicts When Daniel Jones Will Start For Giants

With Eli Manning showing his age (again), the Daniel Jones Era may soon be upon us

Taz and the Moose
September 16, 2019 - 3:55 pm
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The New York Giants, who have missed the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons, are 0-2, this after opening the year with losses to Dallas and Buffalo.

There are many reasons for this, and Eli Manning, unfortunately for Giants fans, is one of them. The 38-year-old is averaging just 6.2 yards per attempt to go with two touchdowns, two interceptions and two sacks in the early season.

Perhaps it’s time to start first-round draft pick Daniel Jones?

“I think that it’s too early to throw him in full-time,” Super Bowl champion and NFL analyst Mark Herzlich said on Taz & The Moose. “But I don’t think it’s a problem at all getting him playing time, especially the past couple games where it’s been obvious at the start of the second half that the game is pretty much out of hand. It doesn’t show on the scoreboard it’s out of hand; as you watch the game, you just see absolutely nothing sparked by the offense, and the defense hasn’t been able to stop anybody. It’s a very concerning time for Giants fans. They’re watching their team implode, almost.”

Herzlich played for the Giants from 2011-17. The G-Men have missed the playoffs in eight of the last ten seasons and haven’t won a playoff game since winning Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012.

“I definitely think Daniel Jones is the bright spot of the future,” Herzlich said. “Eli Manning, he’s played in a way that doesn’t allow a ton of success for the team. He’s only had eight throws over 20 yards in the first two games, and he’s 3-for-8 (with) zero touchdowns and one interception. When you’re not able to get the ball down the field – maybe due to receivers or whatever it is – you start to say, ‘OK, let me see what I saw from that young guy, Daniel Jones, in the preseason.’”

The Giants play the Bucs on the road in Week 3 followed by home games against Washington and Minnesota in Weeks 4 and 5, respectively. New York may turn to Jones sooner rather than later.

“After Week 4, I think that’s when a lot of general managers start to look at their team and say, ‘We’ve gone through the first quarter of the season. What changes do we need to make?’” Herzlich said. “I think after Week 4, Week 5, is when you might see a change. But I think it’s too soon so far.”

Click below to listen to Herzlich’s interview in its entirety.