3rd Daniel Jones looks to build more confidence in the second game of the first season. Team president John Mara said yesterday in his annual training camp meeting with reporters that in an "ideal world", the sixth overall draft would not see the area all year. Why? That would mean that Eli Manning had a fantastic season. None of what Mara said came as a surprise to Jones, who has now answered these kinds of questions that go as far back as the Senior Bowl in January. His response has not changed all these months later.
"I think my job right now is to prepare, improve as much as I can and control what I can control," Jones said today for the seventeenth time. "How it plays out, I really hope we win a lot of games as well."
Jones debuted the NFL last week, and it couldn't have gone much better. He completed all five passes for 67 yards and one touchdown on his first and only run against the Jets. So what's next?
"I think for everyone, it's just building up what we've done, what we did in the first game and what we've done since then, and kind of taking the next step as a team," Jones said. " I think that with each team, it's just based on what we've done. "
4. Shurmur plans to play all 4 QB's on Friday night. Coaches don't like to reveal playing time before preseason games, but Shurmur showed everyone on his plan to play all four quarterbacks this week, just like he did in the preseason opener. Between the opening three and out and one weather delay, however, Manning and Jones didn't play as much as Shurmur wanted. Friday night, and Jones could once again see some time with the first-team offensive line.
"I think Daniel will play all the time (for the season)," Shurmur said. "We just have to see how it plays out. I think that it is important for him to compete in all four games, and surely you would want him to get as many ropes as you can as he gets ready to play. "
5. Trio of Defenders Probably Out Against Bears; Giants Tempted to Rest Saquon Barkley? When the Giants host the Bears on Friday night in their second game for Spring, they will" probably "play without linebacker Alec Ogletree (calf) and cornerbacks DeAndre Baker (spread knee) and Sam Beal (according to Shurmur.
As for Saquon Barkley, Shurmur just wants to be smart with the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Barkley's only preseason action last year was in the opener, which he didn't play at this time.
"He's a valuable player, so we just have to see when the time comes if he'll play in those games, Shurmur said." I gave you a hint about the quarterbacks this week I let it be revealed … I just want to be smart I want to do the best I think when we go through it you see the good work he gets in practice. We just want to continue a don't do it. "