Giants coach Brian Daboll wants Daniel Jones to ‘turn it loose’
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is heading into a make-or-break 2022 campaign that will shape the rest of his career.
First-year head coach Brian Daboll has voiced that he wants Jones to play aggressively.
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“Yeah, look, we want to make sure we protect the ball,” Daboll said before the Giants’ third on-field OTA practice on Thursday afternoon via ESPN. “But again, you can’t go out there and play afraid. Be smart, not reckless, if you will. If he’s got a shot on the right read, let it go.
“There’s going to be things that happen in every game. The defense is going to make a good play, there might be a tipped ball. We’re going to have to do a good job of taking care of the football, but I want him to turn it loose.”
Beyond dealing with nagging injuries, Jones has struggled to play with any consistency. It has contributed significantly to the Giants’ shortcomings, falling well short of the playoffs in each of his first three seasons.
There are serious concerns about whether he can prove that he can be the franchise cornerstone that can lead the team to sustained success. New York has lost double-digit games in each campaign, while he’s coming off arguably his worst season.
He played in 11 games, where he held a 4-7 record. Meanwhile he threw for 2,428 yards with 10 touchdown passes to seven interceptions and held an 84.8 passer rating.
If he fails to produce at a high level, the Giants could move off him after the 2022 season.