Mike Francesa: Daniel Jones An 'Instant Hero' After Giants' Comeback Win

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September 23, 2019 - 4:25 pm
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It only took one game for Daniel Jones to become the Giants’ savior.

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Jones’ first start in the NFL was dramatic, but ultimately quite impressive. The rookie QB completed 23-36 passes for 336 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He lost two fumbles, but those won’t be remembered after he also rushed for two scores, including what would prove to be the winning touchdown with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

To no surprise, Mike Francesa began Monday’s show on WFAN talking about Jones, who was one of the biggest sports stories in the country over the weekend. Francesa labeled Jones as an “instant hero” of New York.

“Daniel Jones is now an instant hero in a city that loves to create instant heroes,” Francesa said on ‘Mike’s On.’ “He not only brought an energy and a mobility to the offense, he brought something that had been very much missing from this Giant team, and that is good fortune, just some good luck. I mean, this team has played that game so many times in recent years … where they would do enough offensively and then watch as the defense couldn’t get the job done … it’s happened so many times, and yesterday they caught a break.”

General manager Dave Gettleman took plenty of criticism when he selected Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Detractors claimed that the Giants had selected Jones too early, or that they would have been better off picking Dwayne Haskins, the quarterback from Ohio State who ended up going to the Redskins.

But there has been only praise for the Duke graduate since his debut performance in Tampa Bay. Jones’ passing was accurate throughout the contest, but it was his ability to make things happen with his legs that separated him so distinctly from Eli Manning.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones scores a fourth-quarter touchdown during a game against the Buccaneers on Sept. 22, 2019, in Tampa, Florida.
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Jones and the Giants were faced with a fourth-and-five from the Buccaneers’ seven-yard line with under 90 seconds left to play. New York’s receivers were covered, but the rookie stepped up in the pocket and ran seven yards straight into the endzone to cap off the first game-winning drive of his young career. Manning likely wouldn't have had the pace to make that play.

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Jones’ performance wasn’t perfect, but Francesa was clearly impressed by what he saw, and by the way Jones injected New York with some positive luck.

“His poise was there. His energy was there. His arm was there. His mobility was there. Ball security needs a little work. Feeling the pressure, he better get a little better at that because he could get himself killed. But, for the most part, he had an obviously sensational game that was ratcheted-up to a different level when he took the ball and did what quarterbacks have to do, and that is take their team from behind in the fourth quarter and stick the ball in the endzone. That is what quarterbacks who last in this league have to do.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full open from Monday’s ‘Mike’s On’ show.