Boomer Esiason: Daniel Jones Had 'Probably The Greatest' Rookie Debut In NFL History

Boomer and Gio
September 23, 2019 - 9:15 am
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What more can you say about Daniel Jones' first NFL start other than "Wow!"? 

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The morning after Jones led the Giants to a come-from-behind 32-31 win over Tampa Bay, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti opened their WFAN show raving about the rookie quarterback.

"More than anything else, what you saw yesterday from a young man by the name of Daniel Jones, that we really knew nothing about six months ago, was the validation, I think once again, of Dave Gettleman picking this kid at No. 6 overall," Esiason said. "And then they finally put him out there, and you saw poise, you saw accuracy, and you saw athleticism. And he probably made 14 or 15 plays that wouldn't have been made had Eli (Manning) been on the field.

"It was a great performance, maybe the greatest debut of a rookie quarterback in the history of the NFL, by the way. Because he did it on the road, he threw for 336 yards, he scored two touchdowns on the ground. And the fourth-and-5 run was awesome."

In all, Jones was 23-of-36 and accounted for four touchdowns, including his game-winning 7-yard scamper on fourth-and-5. He rallied the Giants back from a 28-10 halftime deficit.

"I'm telling you — and people will look this up — it's probably the greatest opening day rookie performance — and I'm not talking about rookies that sometimes get the ball when they're 27 or 28 or 29 years old," Esiason said. "I'm talking about legitimate first-year rookies that are babies essentially. And that's what this kid is, but he certainly didn't play like it yesterday.

"It was all there," Boomer continued. "And the Pat Shurmur playbook that I think that you had seen a couple of years ago in Minnesota was all there. Everything was there — the movement, the running, the RPOs (run-pass options), the athleticism and everything that you want to see. And it's amazing what one player can do to a team and how it just completely camouflages other things that may be going on around you."

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The Giants might've got lucky with the Buccaneers missing a would-be game-winning 34-yard field goal as time expired, but there was no luck involved in Jones' performance, Giannotti said.

"He was playing quarterback at an extremely high level in his first start," Gio said. "He wasn't staring guys down for the most part. He wasn't running just to run. He wasn't breaking the pocket when he didn't need to get outside the pocket. Everything he did as if he had seen all of it before. That's what blew my mind.

"The possibilities right now, after that start, are limitless for him."

To listen the open from Monday's "Boomer and Gio" show, click on the audio player above.