by Aaron Kagan
The start of training camp is upon us, and the players, as well as fans, are very excited. It is the time for rookies to earn a starting job, or continue their development in the background. The situation with the New York Giants quarterback position is somewhat unique; because of their current starting quarterback, the organization’s decision in the 2019 NFL Draft, and the early happenings in training camp.
Veteran Eli Manning has led the team to two Super Bowl championships in the past and is currently entrenched as the starter, according to the team’s coach. His performance in the 2018 season was not dismal, throwing for 21 touchdowns and 4,299 yards. The fact was known since last season, however, that preparations had to be made purely due to the age factor of Eli Manning. He seemingly had the support of the coach and organization behind him to retain his starting job for the 2019 season at least.
During the 2019 NFL draft, the New York Giants decided to select Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick. Analysts and fans alike held the belief that this player will be the heir-apparent to Eli Manning when it is decided that the torch must be passed. Now that training camp has begun, injuries and suspensions are starting to dismantle the wide receiver group of the team’s roster. If this continues, the team will not be competitive. Is this situation going to put Eli Manning in an unwinnable scenario?
This only further raises the question as to whether or not bringing Jones in as the starter would aide in the development of Jones as their future franchise quarterback. In a sense, the coaching staff is just delaying the inevitable fact that their team must get younger at the position. The draft Capital is surely invested with being the sixth overall pick, and gaining experience as the starter will only be beneficial for his future.
From the fantasy football perspective, the value of Daniel Jones increases in both Dynasty and Re-draft formats. He is definitely worth the current ADP (Average Draft Position) of #25 in a Dynasty league rookie draft. Due to the team’s projected losing record, he is also worth the draft investment in Re-draft leagues if anything to sit and wait. He may soon take over as the starter due to an early-season lack of success for the team. Draft Daniel Jones if you are able to. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to continue and have more discussions.