This is what happens.
This is when the quarterback, no matter how fast, how big and how strong, uses his legs as a weapon.
Daniel Jones is fast. He is big and strong and when he runs, he brings positive vibes and yards to the Giants’ attack.
When he runs, he also gets hurt and, as he and his team are learning the hard way, reward and risk are inextricably linked.
Availability is everything, especially for the quarterback, and once again, Jones’ availability is in question as the Giants head into another work week. It’s not about blaming or questioning Jones’ toughness. it is hard. It has been installed. He’s at risk of injury when he moves his 6-foot-5, 228-pound body in one direction and then encounters resistance from opposing players — or on tough ground.
He is in Jones concussion protocol in another blow to a team that is pinata-like in its vulnerability, a team that can tape the back of their jerseys with kick me signals. Jones, leaving behind Saxon Barkley (ankle) and receiver Kenny Golladay (knee), failed to make the Cowboys out of the first half in a 44–20 loss, with almost incomprehensible 1-2-3 staccato visceral punches that struck. The Giants were put on canvas at AT&T Stadium. Giants have fallen, and how in the world can they rise?
Jones will spend the week in treatment and testing, and it’s safe to assume he will miss Sunday’s game against the Rams at MetLife Stadium. He was out on his feet, his feet rubberized, after a designed run – actually a run to the left corner of the goal line – went awry as Jones failed to beat defenders Jabril Cox and Chauncey Golston around the edge. Jones lowers his body to try to put the muscles in, and Cox’s helmet collides with Jones’ helmet. Jones’ head slammed onto the field in whiplash fashion. He can’t escape the bell in the ring.
If he loses time, it would be the third consecutive season that Jones failed to start due to injury. He missed two games as a rookie with a high ankle sprain, paving the way for Eli Manning to make the final two starts of his NFL career. He missed two games in 2020, first with a strained hamstring and then with a sprain. And now this.
Again, this is not a shot at Jones. This is Jones’ reality. Manning did not run and no game was missed. Not one, in 16 seasons. He played through some serious stuff, but when the offense took the field, he was out there. Each of Jones’ injuries is the result of him running out of pocket and flying. He’s learned the lesson slowly and painfully, choosing safer options as far as not taking on defenders: sliding instead of getting hit, running out of bounds instead of fighting for more.
Jones had no way of avoiding the contact that pitted him against the Cowboys. He wasn’t trying to be a hero. He made a football game and didn’t make it to second place.
Jones performed very well in the first four games of the season. He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in New Orleans, the only Giants’ win in five games. He was set to make a tough start against the Cowboys and was not around in the end. The Giants are hopeful that his symptoms will be mild and that he will recover quickly. He will surely miss the practice time this week. Most likely he will miss more than this. The beat continues for the Giants.
More who turned out to be loss No. 4 for the Giants in 2021:
1. Yes, Kadarius Tony made a mistake. He lost his cool and threw a punch in the middle of the fourth quarter. He was fired, okay. The judges who were angry with the coach, right. This is not good. But this is not the indictment of the rookie that some portray it. He took to Twitter on Monday morning to clear the air: “Want to take the time to apologize to the entire organization, the owners, my teammates and the entire organization. #bigblue…your feelings can sometimes get the best out of you…..no excuses just act. #Thank you.”
The immediate outcry in some circles – that the punch being a bad seed was the same as Tony’s and that suspension is necessary – was over the top. Tony will be fined by the NFL, not suspended. The judge will use this as a teaching tool and will not take his most dynamic player off the field for a momentary lapse in judgment. Did you notice the way Tony competed in this game? The way he fought for every yard? The way he sometimes refused to deal? The way he posed for every inch? The talent is there. The passion is there. The desire is there. The restraint is not there. The Giants will work with Tony on this. It’s early, and this is the first impression: The Giants need more players like Kadarius Tony on their roster.
2. It is somewhat notable that there were no centre-quarterback exchange issues when Jones left and Mike Glennon came in as a replacement at quarterback. As soon as Glennon noticed that Jones was “getting a little nauseous,” Glennon said, “I just ran and took my helmet. I went outside and took some pictures with Billy. [Price] Because I don’t have a lot of pictures with him. ” Actually. Price was traded from the Bengals to the Giants on August 30 and Price needed plenty of time to catch up with Jones, leaving little for Glennon.
3. Cowboys not only beat the Giants. He also assaulted them. And then praised about it. Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esk was later asked the standard question: Was the game particularly physical, given that these NFC former rivals and things got sticky near the end? Vander Esch’s response was anything but respectful:
“I thought we controlled the pace,” he said. “My body is feeling good right now, so I don’t think it was an overly physical sport. I think we brought it in every single snap in the best way we could, and I think we’re going to have a good day today.” The night went beyond them. So, you could say it’s a physical sport and all that, but there’s going to be sports that are more physical than others. I didn’t come out of this sport, feeling that Was that oh my god, I’m badly battered, or I’ve got a bunch of bumps and bruises.”
4. It’s been almost four years since any team scored more than 44 points against the Giants. The last time an opponent scored more was on November 5, 2017, when the Rams went to MetLife Stadium and won 51–17. The 44 points allowed by the Giants was the most in a road game since their 49–17 loss in Minnesota in 2015.
5. The 505 yards dropped by the Giants was the highest total against them since their wild 52-49 loss to the Saints in New Orleans on November 1, 2015. The saints covered a distance of 608 yards that day.
6. The left guard spot was originally a shared position. Matt Skura started and played 29 off 68 offensive snaps. Wes Martin, who was recently signed from Washington’s practice squad, was rotated and actually played more snaps (39) than Skura.
7. This is something: Tony had 10 receptions for 189 yards – the most yardage for a Giant Rookie. Tony also took a straight snap and gained seven yards on a designed run and threw a pass that was unfinished. All this production was stuffed into just 37 snaps – 54 percent of the offensive snaps for the Giants.
8. The Giants put on their best run-stoppers in an effort to match the flamboyant skills of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. That’s why inside linebacker Reggie Ragland got his heaviest workload ever, with 77 percent of the defensive snaps. It did not pay. Elliot ran 110 yards and Pollard 75 yards. The Cowboys reached a total of 201 yards.