Daniel Jones addresses Giants draft rumors, says he believes he's best option at quarterback

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Daniel Jones didn’t hesitate.

Ten days before an NFL Draft packed with first-round quarterback prospects, Jones was asked whether he believes, if healthy, he’s the Giants’ best option at the position going into the 2024 season.

“I do, yes,” Jones said with a smile.

The confident response came amid swirling speculation about the Giants’ plan for the sixth overall pick in a draft in which as many as four quarterbacks could be taken before then.

Jones, whom the Giants’ previous regime selected No. 6 overall in 2019, is entering the second season of a four-year, $160 million extension, though he appeared in only six games during a difficult 2023 as he dealt with a neck injury and a season-ending ACL tear.

The Giants can get out Jones’ contract after the upcoming season with palatable salary cap ramifications, further fueling the questions about his future. Jones says he’s making progress in his rehab and aims to be cleared for training camp this summer.


“My focus is what I’m doing here with my rehab,” Jones said when asked about the possibility of the Giants drafting a quarterback.

“It’s a competitive league, so the best way to handle that is to focus on what I’m doing, focus on myself, and making sure that I’m, one, healthy, and then ready to play good football. That’s what I can control. That’s what I can do to help myself and the team.”

Jones, 26, helped lead the Giants to a playoff appearance and a win in the Wild Card round after the 2022 season, marking their first postseason trip in six years and their first playoff victory in over a decade. He passed for only two touchdowns against six interceptions last season, however, and the Giants went 1-5 in his starts.

Giants general manager Joe Schoen hasn’t ruled out trading up, or back, in the draft’s first round on April 25, while head coach Brian Daboll acknowledged Monday the team is doing its “due diligence” on every position, including quarterback.


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