ASHBURN — A losing franchise, a new coach charged with turning things around and a struggling second-year quarterback the current staff didn’t pick.
There have been a lot of parallels between the Washington Football Team and the New York Giants since both drafted quarterbacks in the first round in 2019.
Jones, like Haskins, has had more downs than ups since becoming an NFL starter, but New York coach Joe Judge says the franchise isn’t second-guessing taking him at No. 6 overall a year-and-a-half ago.
“This guy is still a young guy,” Judge said. “We’re working on him getting really comfortable in the scheme. He’s made a lot of progress for us. … He’s definitely a very resilient guy. He’s a fighter. He stands there and plays very aggressive.”
Sunday would have been their third meeting head-to-head — but their paths have sharply diverged since Haskins‘ demotion.
The change appears to come down to a difference in philosophies.
Statistically, Jones hasn’t been much better than Haskins. The 23-year-old has gone four straight games without throwing a touchdown and his quarterback rating of 70.6 is actually worse than Haskins‘ 80.3.
He’s thrown five interceptions this season and lost three fumbles.
The mistakes have New York reporters and radio hosts wondering if the Giants would move on after the season if the team had a chance to draft Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, the sure-fire quarterback prospect who seems like a lock to go first overall.
“We have all the confidence in the world in the guys on our roster, and we have a lot of confidence in Daniel as well,” Judge said. “Listen, just my personality and personality of this coaching staff is we’re very blunt, open and honest. … He’s a tough-minded dude. He responds to a lot of criticism on the outside. But he blocks that out and he plays for his teammates internally. Those guys respect that about him.”
Rivera has said Snyder is on board with the decision.
Rivera, meanwhile, faces daily questions about his now third-string quarterback.
Rivera said he did not know if Haskins would travel with the team this weekend.Rivera was obviously agitated Thursday as reporters asked if Haskins‘ illness was a distraction and if there was “confusion” over the diagnosis.
“Honestly, the only time I have to handle it is when you guys ask about it,” Rivera said.
“That’s the truth. I get the reports and we go from there. A young man’s feeling ill and we’ve got to respect that and make sure that he’s getting the proper care and he’ll be back when he’s getting better and feeling healthier. I mean it.”
Last year, when Haskins traveled to face the Giants, he was thrust into action for the first time as a pro. He ended up throwing three interceptions and later said he wanted to “throw up” while watching the film.
A year later, Haskins could very well be home, perhaps sick to his stomach in a literal sense.
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