Daniel Jones hasn’t been in the league for long, but he’s already figured out how to tune out the noise.
The Giants rookie quarterback appeared on the video board Monday at Yankee Stadium and drew a chorus of boos from those in attendance, but said Tuesday on “The Rich Eisen Show” that he refuses to dwell on it.
“I certainly don’t pay a whole lot of attention to it,” Jones said. “You’re aware of it. I’m focused on what we’re doing here and focused on trying to practice as well as I could these past six weeks and show some progress over these six weeks. So, at the end of the day, I’m grateful to be part of this franchise, get this opportunity and looking forward to keeping it going.”
Giants coach Pat Shurmur made some telling remarks last week regarding the team’s quarterback situation and the possibility of competition between Jones and veteran Eli Manning. However, Jones clarified that no decisions have been finalized or communicated to him.
“I don’t know. I think everyone on our team is trying to prove that they can play,” Jones said. “And everyone wants to play. When coach said that I think that’s what any coach does at any level at any sport. Like I said, it’s all of our goals to prove that we can play, rookie, veterans, everyone wants to be on the field. We’ll see how it works out, but I’m excited to get a little bit of time off, but I’m excited to get back and get to work.”
“I certainly don’t pay a whole lot of attention to it.”
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) June 18, 2019
Jones, 22, completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine picks for Duke last season before being drafted sixth overall in April.
Manning, meanwhile, was inconsistent in 2018, completing 66 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, as the Giants missed the playoffs for a second straight year.