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Drew Lock's rough OTA practice reinforces Daniel Jones is Giants' QB1; Malik Nabers continues to impress

Pat Leonard, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — Thursday was a good reminder that Daniel Jones is the best quarterback on the Giants’ roster, regardless of Drew Lock’s signing as competition and the organization’s pursuit of Drake Maye in the NFL draft.

This was only one indoor OTA practice in May with Jones limited to 7-on-7 throws. But Lock had a rough day running the first-team offense in the 11-on-11 periods.

He made a dangerous throw into traffic, missed a few passes high to open targets, delivered a near interception deep into coverage and looked generally uncomfortable. A deep touchdown pass up the seam to rookie first-round pick Malik Nabers was Lock’s only silver lining.

Jones, meanwhile, said “I don’t have any doubt” that his body and right knee will be full-go for the Giants’ Week 1 regular-season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. And he welcomed the challenge that was issued to him this offseason by the Giants’ aggressive quarterback pursuit.

“Yeah, I mean, I wasn’t fired up about it,” Jones, 26, admitted in arguably his most candid interview as a Giant to date. “But I think that it’s part of it at this level. What I can do is focus on myself and getting healthy [and] playing the best football I can play, that I know I’m capable of playing. That’s my job, and that’s what I’m gonna do.

“I don’t think you can take anything personally at this level,” Jones said, when asked about the team’s attempt to trade up for Maye. “How exactly it happened and what happened, I’m not sure I know, I’m not sure you know. But at the end of the day I’m focused on playing good football.”

 

He’ll have a better chance of playing good football if Nabers continues playing the way he did in Thursday’s practice. The rookie receiver was open on virtually every 11-on-11 route he ran.

Jones hit rookie tight end Theo Johnson on his first 7-on-7 pass and then backed that up with a completion to Nabers on an in-cut out of the right slot. Nabers also made the play of the day on his deep TD over top of the entire defense.

“Great route runner,” Jones said of Nabers. “Strong, fast, adjusts to the ball well. I’m fired up to get Malik. I watched some of his tape in college, and he’s a dynamic player. So I was fired up to see we got him, and it’s been fun getting to work with him.”

Jones is aiming to be ready for full-team reps by the start of training camp, so July and August should provide some exciting glimpses of how the Jones-Nabers duo can attack opposing secondaries and help one of the NFL’s worst offenses rebound.

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