FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Pat Shurmur had considered sufficient. One series used to be all he wanted.
Four passes, four completions for 47 yards. That used to be Daniel Jones’ evening in Thursday’s 31-29 Giants purchase on the closing play of the sport over the Patriots in the teams’ preseason finale at Gillette Stadium.
Jones, the Giants’ rookie quarterback who has been so impressive this summer, didn’t glean the offense into the end zone on his one offensive possession, his first occupation NFL preseason start. The force stalled on the New England 13-yard line after two failed immediate-yardage running performs.
Nonetheless that’s now now not the point.
“I reflect he appropriate checked off but one more box in his vogue,’’ Shurmur stated. “He went out and done thoroughly. He’s done all the pieces we’ve asked up to now in the case of how he prepares. This used to be but one more opportunity to develop, and I reflect he did that.’’
Jones’ force started with a 5-yard completion to tight end C.J. Conrad. Then came a 15-yard connection to damaged-down receiver Golden Tate, who received just a few snaps ahead of his four-game suspension for violating the league’s banned substance protection begins.
The highlight throw of the evening used to be a 23-yard rainbow to Tate down the left sideline, the ball assign where easiest Tate could presumably well well also purchase it, over his shoulder and out of the attain of Patriots cornerback Keion Crossen.
“Yeah, ‘Daniel Dimes,’ that’s what we call him,’’ Tate stated. “He observed single-excessive protection, observed a matchup that he cherished and he threw a ball in there and by the point it caught my glance it used to be completely placed on the sideline where easiest I could presumably well well also purchase it. It used to be appropriate a gaze of what’s to attain.”
Make no mistake: Tate loves what’s to attain.
“The ideal component that’s impressed me is his composure in the locker room and in the huddle, the manner he handles business, his eagerness to settle on to learn,’’ Tate stated. “And he’s was a leader. Obviously, we’ve considered the arm energy, we’ve considered the skills he has. I’ve been impressed along with his articulate. When the time is appropriate, he’s going to note it.’’
At the same time as you’re a appropriate kind Giants fan, hopefully you enjoyed your preseason preview of Jones and you hope now to now not gaze him in a game again except subsequent summer. If that’s the case, the Giants will be playing a a hit, winning season.
At the same time as you’re half of the sports radio call-in rant mob anxious to trek Eli Manning out of city and circulate on to Jones as the immediate starter, relax. Let the season, which begins per week from Sunday in Dallas, breathe.
With the rebuilt offensive line, running wait on Saquon Barkley wait on for what figures to be a second spectacular season and a protection that used to be presumably improved in the offseason, we’re going to know sufficient about Manning and what he has left to provide in his 16th season on the age of 38 soon sufficient.
If the Giants are a month or so into this season and the dropping of the previous couple of seasons appears as if it’s happening again, then Shurmur must skedaddle ahead and be aware to the future with Jones in the wait on of heart.
Except then, can we appropriate let the season start to play out and be gratified with what we observed out of Jones in what used to be a extremely a hit preseason that hopefully immediate us plenty about the baby?
Jones’ closing preseason numbers were extremely impressive — 29-for-34 (85.3 p.c completion charge) for 416 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions with two misplaced fumbles the finest blemish.
“I reflect I’ve improved,’’ Jones stated. “I’ve made development and no doubt am a suggestions from where I was after I started, which helps me truly feel a minute of bit extra overjoyed. Nonetheless there’s quiet plenty to learn, I realize that, quiet pretty just a few work to be done.’’
That work will now attain in the background, in be aware and in assembly rooms with Manning getting the starter reps.
“I’ve stated all of it along, Eli’s our starter and we’re getting Daniel ready to play,’’ Shurmur stated earlier in the week.
Seconds after that acknowledge from Shurmur came this request: “So, you’re now now not ready to verbalize for particular that Eli will be your starter in Week 1?’’
With that, you might want to perchance presumably well well presumably also sense Shurmur’s blood stress rising — and understandably so.
“I appropriate stated Eli’s the starter; didn’t I appropriate speak that?’’ the Giants coach stated, his command tensing and his tone terse.
Except there’s reason in the approved season to originate a alternate must Manning and the offense battle, the fixed peppering of Shurmur about the quarterback topic is a spoil of vitality and oxygen.
Revel in what you observed from Jones on Thursday evening and across the total preseason and marinate on that, feeling correct about the future at quarterback for the Giants and at any time when that future becomes the speak.