Giants’ Daniel Jones discusses draft criticism, learning from Eli Manning

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Daniel Jones is ignoring the critics.

The Giants picked the Duke quarterback No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, a move many blasted and described as a reach. But, Jones appears unbothered by the reaction to his selection.

“I haven’t paid too much mind to that,” Jones said during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I think that’s key to playing quarterback, to being consistent as a quarterback, is keeping your head in the same place. I think that just comes down to your confidence in yourself, and your confidence has got to come from inside of you.

“I think if you’re looking externally for confidence, then you’re also going to be affected by the negative as well. Just finding confidence in yourself and knowing what you can do as a player, as a person, is kind of the way that works and the best way to think about handling a lot of that stuff.”

Jones completed 60.5% of his passes and threw for 22 touchdowns, along with nine interceptions, for the Blue Devils in 2018. He’ll most likely begin his rookie season as a backup to longtime Giants starter Eli Manning.

“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for a young guy to go into a place where there’s a future Hall of Famer (Manning) who’s done it for a really long time at a really high level and definitely knows what it takes,” Jones said. “So that to me is a big advantage in where I am right now. So, I’m looking forward to it, just being teammates with him, being able to learn from him.”

Manning was inconsistent in 2018 as the Giants missed the playoffs for a second straight year.

“I’ve spoken to him once (since the draft),” Jones said about Manning. “He just congratulated me, said he’s excited to be up there. I think I understand he’s got a job to do, I’ve got a job to do, so we’re going to do the best we can to help the Giants win as many football games as we can, and I’m certainly happy with whatever my role is.”

The Giants also picked Clemson defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence and Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker later in the first round.