FOXBOROUGH, MA – Pat Schurmour had seen enough.
Four passes, four completions for 47 yards. It was Daniel Jones 'night in Thursday's 31-29 Giants victory in the Patriots' last game of the Gillette Stadium preseason final.
Jones, the Giants rookie who was so impressive this summer, didn't get the offense in the end zone on an offensive possession, his first NFL preseason start of his career. The drive stopped in New England's 13-yard line after two unsuccessful short-yard plays.
But this is not the question.
"I think he has just ticked another box in his development," Shurmoor said. "He came out and executed very well. He did everything we wanted so far in terms of how he was preparing. It was another opportunity for me to grow and I think he did. "
Jones' driving began with a 5-yard completion to JJ Conrad's tight end. Then came a 1
The most important throw of the night was the 23-meter arc to Tate down the left sideline, placing the ball where only Tate could catch it, over his shoulder and out of reach. on the back corner of Patriots Kyon Crossen.
"Yes, Daniel Dimes, so we call him, "Tate said." He saw the one-liner, he saw a match he liked, and he threw a ball there, and by the time he caught my eye, he was perfectly placed on the sideline where only I could catch him. It was just a glimpse of what's to come. "
Don't be fooled: Tate loves what's to come.
" The biggest thing that impressed me was his composure in the dressing room and in the thicket, the way, who is coping. business, his eagerness to want to learn, "Tate said." And he became a leader. Obviously we saw the power of the hand, we saw the talent he has. I was impressed with his growth. When the time comes, he will show it. " If you're a true Giants fan, we hope you enjoyed the preview of Jones and hope you don't see him play again until next summer. If this is the case, the Giants will enjoy a successful, profitable season.
If you are part of the sports radio in the Rangers Mafia, eager to get Eli Manning out of town and move to Jones as an immediate startup, relax. Allow the season that begins Sunday in Dallas Sunday to breathe.
With the offensive line restored, returning back Sackon Barkley for figures to be a second grand season and a defense that was presumably improved during the off-season, we will know enough about Munning and what he has left to offer in his 16th season at 38 years old soon enough.
If the Giants are out for a month or so this season and the loss of the last few seasons seems to be happening again, then Shurmoor must go ahead and look to the future with Jones behind center.
Until then, can we just let the season begin to play and be pleased with what we saw from Jones in what was a hugely successful preseason that we hope will tell us a lot about the kid?
Jones' final preseason numbers were extremely impressive – 29-for-34 (85.3 percent completion rate) for 416 yards with two interceptions, no interceptions with two lost
"I think I improved" said Jones. "I made progress and I'm certainly the way I was when I started, which helps me feel a little more comfortable. But there is much to learn, I realize that there is still much work to be done. "
This work will now come into the background, in practice, and in the meeting rooms with Munning getting the startup reports. " I said it all the time, Eli is our startup, and we're preparing Daniel to play, "Shurmoor said Earlier this week.
Seconds after this answer from Shurmoor came this question: "So you" are not ready to say for sure that Ellie will be your starter in the first week? & # 39; & # 39;
With this you could feel the increase in blood pressure of Shurmur – and understandably.
"I just said that Eli is the starter; didn't I just say it? "said the Giants coach, his voice tense and his tone short.
While there is no reason to change in the regular season if Munning and the fight for offense are concerned, Shurmour's constant knock on the quarterback's situation is a waste of energy and oxygen.
Enjoy what Jones saw on Thursday night and throughout the preseason and marinate for it, feeling good about the future with the Giants quarterback and whenever that future becomes present.