Shurmur downplays QB controversy, teammates rave about Jones

Field Level Media

August 09, 2019 at 6:02 pm.

A nearly perfect drive and touchdown pass was all it took for New York to go gaga over rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

Jones completed 5 of 5 passes and a TD toss to Bennie Fowler in the lone drive of his NFL preseason debut with the New York Giants on Thursday night. Fans clamoring to see the No. 6 overall pick on the field backed Jones with thunderous ovations while some boos rang out for the Eli Manning-led offense.

Which begged the question: Is there a QB controversy brewing in New York?

“I think, ‘Slow your roll,'” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. “This is just his first go around. I think he did a good job. As I mentioned, all along he has done nothing to disappoint us, and certainly when you take the team down the field and score a touchdown, that’s a good start. It’s something good to build on. We have a lot of time left before we start playing games. Nothing at this point has changed.”

Shurmur said there were corrections for Jones to make before his next start. Asked to name one, he said Jones failed to motion the tight end on the first snap of his only possession.

The 38-year-old Manning, New York’s starting quarterback since 2004, was 1 of 1 passing from three yards.

“None of it surprised me,” Fowler said of Jones after the game. “He was poised, calm, confident. That’s the way he’s been since he got here in OTAs. I’m very happy for his success. It’s just the start.”

Starting left guard Will Hernandez said after Thursday’s game that Jones looked the part in the huddle as well.

“The cool thing about Daniel Jones is, he came in there and he didn’t seem like a rookie quarterback to me,” Hernandez said. “He was sure. Was loud. Was firm. Handled the huddle with certainty, all the assurance in the world.”