Barkley: Daniel Jones Is "Playing Lights-Out"

The Giants have lost five games in a row, but Saquon Barkley is encouraged by his rookie quarterback

Reiter Than You
November 05, 2019 - 6:01 pm

The New York Giants fell to the Dallas Cowboys 38-17 on Monday Night Football, a loss that prompted an epic rant from CBS Sports Radio personality Shaun Morash, who wonders whether the Giants are ruining Daniel Jones. The sixth overall pick finished 26-of-41 for 210 yards, one touchdown, an interception and two fumbles against Dallas.

Nevertheless, Saquon Barkley has been impressed with the rookie.

“Daniel, he’s playing lights-out,” Barkley told Bill Reiter. “He’s a heck of a player. He’s a very smart player, poised. The biggest thing I love about him, he’s not too high, he’s not too low. When we make a big play or we have an awful play, he’s the same guy. Whether he makes a mistake or not, he’s going to come back and continue to fight. I think you see his toughness. He’s probably one of the toughest players I’ve been around, especially at the quarterback position. So as time continues to go and his career continues to grow, he’s going to get better and better. The future is bright for him.”

Jones led the Giants (2-7) to victory in his first two starts, but New York has since lost five straight games. 

Eli Manning has tried to mentor Jones through his rookie season.

“Eli is Eli,” Barkley said. “He’s a great teammate, he’s a great football player, he still comes to work the same way he was when he was the starter, and he does a tremendous job helping Daniel and helping him prepare for the games. But that’s what we expect from Eli. We knew that’s the type of guy he was going to be. It’s been helpful, and we’re real thankful for him.”

The Giants play the Jets (1-7) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.