No. 1: Daniel Jones Continues Improving
One of the biggest storylines entering the 2022 season centered around the Giants not picking up Daniel Jones’ fifth-year option. As damning as that seemed for Jones and his future in the Big Apple, the former Duke Blue Devil used the chip on his shoulder to post a career-best effort.
Jones regularly made his presence felt as a runner and passer, serving as a dual-threat option out of the backfield for Daboll and Co. The 2019 first-rounder posted a 9-6-1 record as the team’s starter in 2022, with career highs in completion percentage, passing yards, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns.
Most impressively, Jones largely did this without a clear top option at wide receiver. Featuring a pass-catching group of “decent-at-best” players, the Giants still fielded one of the most efficient offenses in the league. Kudos to Daboll for crafting the game plan, but Jones deserves his flowers for bringing the vision to fruition.
His breakout 2022 campaign netted Jones a lucrative long-term deal from a front office that refused a fifth-year option not even 12 months prior. Could it have been a blip on the radar? Sure. However, as long as Daboll calls the shots, it is fair to expect Jones to continue developing as a passer.
The once No. 6 overall pick will never live up to those expectations, but he doesn’t have to. Winning MVP is meaningless in the grand scheme of things for the Giants. The ultimate goal is a Super Bowl championship. Jones might be enough to pull off an unexpected playoff run with the right pieces around him.