FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Pat Shurmur had seen enough. A series was everything he needed.
Four passes, four degrees for 47 meters. That was Daniel Jones's "Night on Thursday" when the 31-29 Giants won their last game against the Patriots in the final of the Gillette Stadium team.
Jones, the rookie quarterback of the Giants, who was so impressive this summer, did not get the offense into the end zone on his one offensive possession, his first career NFL preseason start. After two failed short-distance runs, the ride came to a standstill on the 13-yard line from New England.
But that's not the point.
"I think he has just ticked off another box in his development," Shurmur said. "He went out and executed very well. He has done everything we have asked so far concerning his preparation. This was another opportunity to grow, and I think he did. "
Jones & # 39; drive began a 5-yard completion to put a tight end to CJ Conrad, then came up with a 1
The highlight of the night was a 23-yard rainbow to Tate. On the left sideline, the ball was dropped where only Tate could catch him, over his shoulder and beyond the reach of Patriots Cornerback Keion Crossen.
"Yes, Daniel Dimes, that's what we call him," Tate said. "He saw one-line coverage, saw a matchup he liked and threw a ball in." he caught my eye, he was perfectly placed on the sidelines where only I could catch him, it was just a glimpse of what was to come. "
Make no mistake: Tate loves what's coming.
"The biggest thing I know his serenity in the locker room and in the mess as he deals with business, his eagerness to learn, "Tate said. Obviously we have seen the strength of the arm, we have seen the talent it has, I was impressed with its growth, when the time comes, it will show it. "
If If you're a real Giants fan, hopefully you've enjoyed your preview of Jones in the preseason and hope to see him back in a game next summer. If that's the case, the Giants will experience a successful, victorious season.
If you're part of the Rant Mob for sports radios, which is intent on driving Eli Manning out of town and joining Jones as an instant starter, relax. Take a deep breath of the season starting one week from Sunday in Dallas.
With the rebuilt offensive line leading Saquon Barkley back for a second spectacular season and a presumably improved defense in the off-season, we've got enough to know about Manning and what he still does in his 16th season at the age of 38 has to offer.
If the Giants are about a month this season and the defeat of the last two seasons is to be expected again, Shurmur should look with Jones behind the middle into the future.
Until then, let's just start the season and rejoice in what we saw out of Jones was a very successful preseason that hopefully told us a lot about the kid? Jones' final preseason numbers were very impressive – 29-for-34 (85.3 percent graduation rate) for 416 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions with two defeats fuming the only blemish.
"I think I've improved," Jones said. "I've made progress and I'm definitely a bit off my starting point, which helps me feel a little better." But there is still much to learn, and I realize there is still a lot to do.
This work will now be seen in the background, in practice, and in meeting rooms where Manning makes the first repetitions.
] "I've been saying it all the time, Eli is our starter and we're preparing Daniel to play," Shurmur said earlier this week.
Seconds after Shurmur's answer came this question, "Well, you." Are you not ready to say that Eli will be your starter in Week 1?
It let you feel how Shurmur's blood pressure was rising – understandably.
"I just said that Eli is the starter. Did not I just say that? "The Giants coach said with a tense voice and a tight voice."
Until Manning and the offensive fight begin in regular season, Shurmur's constant uproar over the quarterback situation is a waste Energy and Oxygen.
Enjoy what Jones saw on Thursday night and throughout the preseason and marinate on it, and feel good for the future with Quarterback for the Giants and whenever that future becomes the present .