Phil Simms Gives Daniel Jones One Piece Of Advice

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Moose & Maggie
September 25, 2019 - 2:03 pm

Daniel Jones made his Giants debut as their starting quarterback Sunday against the Bucs and was sensational. He led Big Blue to a 32-31 comeback victory and was awarded as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. 

Phil Simms knows a thing or two about playing QB in a Giants uniform. It's hard to say many, if any, negative things about Jones' incredible performance. 

"I don't know where to begin. His movement, which I think we all talked about what's it going to be like. I watched the game very closely. His movement was really big. I think just my natural count, I thought nine times in the game he made movements that created plays for the Giants with his legs, his movement in the pocket to make throws ... the long pass down the middle to Darius Slayton, that would not have happened if he wouldn't have slid out of the pocket and went to the left," Simms told WFAN's Maggie Gray and Bart Scott on Wednesday.

"I don't know which safety it was for Tampa Bay, but he went left and Darius Slayton cut across the field and his accuracy. Daniel Jones was on the mark basically with every single throw. I think I was a little surprised by how quick he could get rid of the football by reading the defense. The old saying the first receiver, the second receiver, can he find the third one, which is a way overused phrase, but he did that really well in the game. I don't know what else can I say." 

Jones did so many good things in his first start, but Simms did have one piece of advice for the rookie. 

"The only thing negative is that the pass rush, the hits he took, the tackles of the Giants and if I had those legs, I would kind of feel it and I would move quicker, that would be the only thing I'd say," Simms said. "He was so intent on letting the play work that I thought a couple of times, man you got to feel that tackle being pushed and you just got to go. I think he will learn that, because he just took too many big hits. Josh Allen and Daniel Jones, I've got a little advice for you ... live for the next play. Don't stand in that pocket too long in this league because you're not going to survive if you do." 

Simms also made sure that he knows for Jones to stay away from reading and hearing things in the media. 

"I knew not to turn the radio on. I knew not to watch sports on TV," Simms said. "I would not read the paper, especially when I wasn't playing well. I'd walk by the paper and go I really want to read the paper. I was a paper boy growing up and I'd go no don't do it, because I knew what was in there. It was not going to be good and if you could shut that stuff out, it's a big deal. You really got to learn to do that as an athlete up here, because there's so much attention paid to all sports." 

Jones will get his home debut on Sunday when the Giants take on the Redskins as he looks to replicate his masterful first start. 

You can hear the entire interview with Maggie and Bart and the former Giants QB in the audio player above.