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Chris Mortensen: Skeptics now believe Daniel Jones is the ‘real deal’

Giants Wire logo Giants Wire 6/15/2019 Dan Benton
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When the New York Giants selected Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, the football world melted down. It was a horrible decision, general manager Dave Gettleman had no idea what he was doing and Jones was a terrible quarterback bound to fail at the NFL level.

That was then and this is now. Once the window for ragebait closed and Jones actually hit the field to show what he was capable of, the narrative began to change. Drastically.

In the seven weeks since the NFL Draft, Jones has casually chipped away at the media narrative, making all of his critics and detractors look like what they had called Gettleman - fools.

Suddenly, Jones is not only a capable NFL quarterback, but he's the real deal and arguably has a very bright future ahead of him.

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"What's interesting to me is that even the skeptics about taking Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall are now, after watching him, saying he's the real deal," Chris Mortensen said, via ESPN's 'Get Up' TV program. "Jones has been so good this offseason, but go back to that Dave Gettleman line where we heard - kind of like that Kansas City model. I think they believe they're going to be a run-oriented team and their offensive line is going to be much improved.

"Jones - with all the experience he had at Duke - and we forget that compared to Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray - a lot of experience at Duke. He has shown very well this spring."

As impressive as Jones has been, Mortensen cautions that perhaps it's time we all start listening to and heeding what Gettleman has to say - which means at least one more year of Eli Manning under center.

"I still think Eli Manning is the starter and will be the starter when they open the season," Mortensen said. "I believe that Eli has always been prepared to go out and start the season. He's excited about the season because the offensive line is settled. They are going to be a run-oriented team…Ultimately Eli is fine with the situation. When they drafted Daniel Jones, Pat Shurmur got on the phone with Eli and said it's your job to keep him off the field."

Although head coach Pat Shurmur left the door cracked for a quarterback competition in training camp, Manning will be the starter come Week 1. The Giants will follow the "Kansas City model" and Jones will get a year of learning under his belt before being thrown to the wolves.

The good news? When that time finally does arrive, it looks like almost everyone who expressed their pessimism will be wrong. Instead, Jones will shine and Gettleman will begin handing out some crow pie.

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