My Scouting Report for Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Team : New York Giants | Sports : Football | Position : QB | Status : Active | Location :United States

Player Scouting Report

Players Scouting Reviewer : myles.whitmore . Position :Quarterback [QB]

Arm Strength/Power
When Daniel Jones first came into the NFL, arm strength was a major concern. Of all the first-round QBs drafted since 2016, Jones ranks third last for maximum launch velocity. Fortunately, Jones has worked on his arm strength since then. Nevertheless, Jones' improved arm is far from elite.
Short Accuracy (1-10 yds)
Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett made Daniel Jones play in a scheme oriented around short passing last season. While Jones frequently failed to recognize open receivers at this range, he did succeed with ball placement.
Imtermediate Accuracy (10-20 yds)
Daniel Jones plays at his best when he attacks the intermediate level of the field. His vision and accuracy excel between this range of the field.
Long Accuracy (20+ yds)
Contrary to popular opinion, Daniel Jones plays well when he is airing it out down the field. Against Tampa Bay and Philadelphia, Jones completed many big-time throws down the field, which shredded tight coverage.
Pocket Presence
For a decent dual-threat QB like Jones, his lack of poise and elusiveness in the pocket is concerning. After Jones drops back, he rarely feels pressure, which frequently leads to sacks. Furthermore, Jones will try and force turnover worthy throws, even with defenders draped over him.
Daniel Jones is a decent dual-threat QB whose long strides pick up efficient yardage on the ground. Additionally, he has enough wheels to beat defenders to the end zone. However, he needs to work on his accuracy on the run.
Daniel Jones frequently fails at locating open receivers. This failure is surprising, considering that Jones will hold onto the ball forever without finding someone. When Jones drops back, he often throws risky passes to covered receivers, even when a receiver is wide-open for a possible TD. He also stares down receivers, which allows defenders telegraph his throws.
Daniel Jones is a mechanically sound QB. He regularly keeps his base square and drives the ball down the field.
Daniel Jones has suffered hamstring, ankle, and shoulder injuries in the NFL. He also played through injury while at Duke.
Daniel Jones has been lauded for his leadership by teammates like Blake Martinez. However, he lacks the alpha quality of a guy like Baker Mayfield who can hold guys accountable.
Game Management
Daniel Jones is a below-average game manager. His tendency to turn the ball over is a drive killer for the Giants. He is also limited by an impaired vision that prevents him from effectively distributing passes to his receiving corps.
Daniel Jones is a bad decision-maker. As mentioned earlier, Jones chooses to throw turnover-worthy passes into tightly covered passing lanes. His anticipation on throws needs work, and he isn’t the smartest QB.
Daniel Jones has a great QB height (6'5") but a slight frame (only 221 pounds).
Jones possesses above-average speed for a QB, which makes him a decent dual-threat QB.
Play-Making Ability
Jones isn't a huge threat to create big plays. However, every once in a while, Jones can make big-time throws or runs against teams like the Eagles.
Last season Daniel Jones was far from productive. He finished with less than 3,000 passing yards and posted an 11:10 TD: INT ratio. Injuries played a factor, but DJ8 needs to get back to his rookie year stats.
Jones' intangibles need substantial development. First and foremost, he needs to improve his football IQ because he lacks situational awareness in critical situations. Additionally, he doesn't have the dominant IT factor or personality necessary to take over games by putting the team on his back. He's a decent leader but far from an alpha.
I have never heard a red flag about Daniel Jones' character.
Jones is far from a consistent passer. Jones is a decent distributor who can march his team down the field when he is in rhythm. However, due to his turnovers, Jones is viable to throw any game away at any moment in a game.
Contrary to popular belief, Daniel Jones is a mechanically sound QB with excellent accuracy. When Jones' first read is open down the field, he excels at placing the ball on the money to give his receiver the best chance to haul it in. However, if that fails, Jones has the mobility necessary to pick up yards on the ground efficiently. Due to his deceptive speed, Jones adds a slight spark to this offense with his legs.
While Daniel Jones throws the ball well, he struggles with the mental side of playing quarterback. Jones' most significant weakness is that he frequently fails to locate open pass catchers on his dropbacks. More specifically, Jones has tunnel vision that forces him to stare down his first read, even if it is smothered. As a result, Jones regularly throws turnover worthy passes into contested areas even when he has wide-open receivers. Surprisingly, Jones will make ill-advised throws even if defenders are all over his body. Therefore, Jones needs to throw the ball away sooner and improve his erratic footwork in the pocket.
Overall Analysis
The Giants need to completely overhaul their offense if they want to win with Daniel Jones. Jones's poor pocket presence will not work with an offensive line as bad as New York's. GM Dave Gettleman will need to revamp this OL so that Jones can take more advantage of passes 10+ down the field. While offensive coordinator Jason Garrett attempted to fix this issue by having Jones throw quicker, that was only a temporary fix. On non-scripted plays, Jones holds onto the ball too long and struggles with his progressions. Therefore, serious work needs to be done to improve his vision and decision-making. Fortunately for NY, their read-option plays work well with Jones.
Compares to
Ryan Tannehill
Untapped potential
peak potential
post peak