Daniel Jones, quarterback for the Giants, is motivated to improve: My lack of success weighs heavily on me.


In the previous offseason, quarterback Daniel Jones joined defensive end Clelin Ferell and linebacker Devin Bush as the three top-ten players from the 2019 NFL Draft who did not receive a fifth-year option.

Despite the Giants’ decision to forego the additional year of security, Jones sees no reason to add more fuel to the fire of competition. This fervour is already present.

Jones told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, “I believe I have abundant motivation.” “I believe I work hard, I have worked hard in the past, and I have always worked hard for myself and my teammates. I don’t believe that really changes. I’ll continue doing what I’ve been doing while improving and refining my process.

Jones’s career up to this point has produced unsatisfactory outcomes. In his three years at quarterback, he has never won more than five games in a single season. Jones has thrown 29 interceptions compared to 45 touchdowns and has lost 36 fumbles.

That’s not to say he hasn’t shown flashes of the potential that made him the No. 6 overall pick, but Jones is well aware of his previous failures, and the desire to bring winning football to New York by turning around his play is more important to him than the financial implications of the impending prove-it season.

The absence of success? Um, yes, it does weigh heavily on me,” Jones said. “When you put a lot of time and effort into something but don’t see the results, I believe that’s difficult in any endeavour. I believe that playing football in the NFL and in New York carries significant weight. The entire team shares this sentiment, and we are making every effort to avoid this situation in the future. Yes, it weighs heavily on me.

Eli Manning, who knows a thing or two about winning in New York, recently stated that he believes Daniel Jones’ struggles stem in part from the numerous coaching changes and offensive instals he’s endured while trying to find his footing.

Since 2019, Jones is on his third head coach and fourth offensive coordinator. While he acknowledges the additional growing pains associated with such turnover, Jones has resisted viewing it as a form of forgiveness.

“It doesn’t make it easier,” Jones said. “At the same time, comparing your path or situation to the successes and failures of others is also a recipe for disaster. Everyone will have a different path and a different circumstance. You are responsible for making it work and determining your own situation.

“Worrying about things I cannot control is a waste of energy, effort, and time. It depends on how you look at it, but it can be a positive and it can help you grow,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot about football and seen it through different eyes and heard different coaches’ different philosophies.

Clearly, the fourth-year pro has the right mentality heading into a pivotal season in New York. In September, it remains to be seen if this will finally translate into a successful skill set.