Justin Tuck: One Key Difference Between Eli, Jones

Eli Manning and Daniel Jones are very similar, but there's one obvious difference, Tuck says

Taz and the Moose
October 08, 2019 - 10:17 am
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Daniel Jones is only three starts into his NFL career, but he seems to be the second coming of Eli Manning, albeit with one important distinction.

“He’s more athletic than Eli. Eli’s never been athletic,” former Manning teammate and two-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck said on Taz & The Moose. “But listen, I see a lot of similarities in the two. They’re both students of the game. I think that phrase is (overused), but you can tell this kid, he’s not flashy. He does not care what anybody outside the locker room thinks – and not in a disrespectful way. It’s just in a way that, ‘Listen, I know what my job is. All I care about is going about doing my job. I don’t care about making friends or being in this whole social-media era of having to be flashy.’ He’s focused.”

Jones has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 760 yards, six touchdowns (four pass, two rush) and three interceptions. Despite an 0-2 start with Manning at the helm, the Giants (2-3) are still alive in the NFC East.

“There’s a lot about him,” Tuck said of Jones. “Same height, same build, almost dress the same, they interview similarly – it’s very weird. But if you’re (Dave) Gettleman and you’ve had a guy that has been the face of your franchise for almost 16 years, why wouldn’t you try to recreate that, right?”

Manning, who turns 39 in January, will have a tough choice to make this offseason.

“I think he has a decision to make if he wants to hang it up or if he wants to go somewhere else,” Tuck said. “I do think Daniel Jones is the quarterback of the future. I think the Giants have solidified that – and his play has solidified that. I think he showcased why they (picked him sixth overall). He’s still going to make rookie mistakes, sure, but he’s definitely showcased the talent that he has as far as his arm strength, his decision-making and the fact that he’s mobile. Given where we are as a team, I think that bodes well for how we’re going to approach the rest of the season.”

The Giants play the Patriots (5-0) on the road this Thursday. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.