Jones facing new challenges in 2nd year with new O, no Eli

Thu Aug 6 3:38pm ET
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer

Daniel Jones is facing a much different challenge in his second season with the New York Giants.

The No. 6 pick overall in last year's draft is no longer a rookie, and he is not at training camp as the understudy and heir apparent to Eli Manning as the Giants' quarterback.

Unless something drastic happens, Jones will be the starter when New York kicks off the Joe Judge era as coach in a Monday night home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jones took over the Giants starter three games into last season and played every game but one.

Much has changed since.

Manning, who led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships, retired after last season. Coach Pat Shurmur was fired and replaced by Judge, a former Patriots special teams coordinator. Former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was hired to be the offensive coordinator. And then there is the coronavirus pandemic.

It's all new to Jones, and he will have to face the Steelers without the benefit of testing the new offense in a preseason game. The NFL and players' union agreed to cancel the four-game preseason because of the virus. Teams are holding training camps in very isolated conditions.

''You know, no one is playing preseason so we are all operating on the same rules, on the same outliners as far as practice and then into the season,'' Jones said in a virtual call Thursday. ''All we can do is prepare as well as we can in the time we have and make sure we're getting the most out of every single day.''

Jones would not concede that a veteran quarterback playing in the same offense as in past year would have an advantage. He said his job is to learn the new system in practice and be ready on opening night.

Jones will have his three top receivers back in Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate, along with tight end Evan Engram. Halfback Saquon Barkley also can be grouped in the receivers group, meaning New York has its top five passcatchers back.

For now, Jones is simply trying to learn the new offense. He has seen a lot of it before from his days at Duke and with the Giants last year. He noted that comparing it to last season does not help.

''We're taking it day by day and install by install and trying to learn it as quickly as we can and as well as we can,'' he said.

If Jones has to improve on anything over his rookie season, it is ball security. He lost 11 of 18 fumbles.

On the positive side, Jones hit 284 of 459 passes for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns, the best among rookies in 2019. He also rushed for 279 yards and two touchdowns.

Jones has added just under 10 pounds in the offseason and he feels good. He has also enjoyed working with Garrett.

''He is extremely detailed in his thinking and what he expects on the field,'' Jones said, ''and I think that is probably what has stood out the most.''

Dealing with the coronavirus is new. Jones said he never considered opting out of this season. He added he respects the decisions of those who decide not the play.

Players have to social distance and wear masks at camp.

''It's different, but it's not hard and it's not getting in the way of us doing our work,'' the 23-year-old QB said. ''As long as we're conscientious about it, I think we haven't had any problems with the policies and the procedures.''

Player Notes
Chris Harris Sep 29 4:34pm ET

The Los Angeles Chargers placed cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (foot) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday and promoted defensive back Jahleel Addae to the active roster in a corresponding move. Harris suffered a foot injury in the Week 3 loss to the Panthers that is expected to keep him out for at least a month and potentially up to six weeks. With All-Pro safety Derwin James (knee) already out for the year, it's another blow to a strong Chargers secondary. The good news is that Harris will be back this season. Against a strong Buccaneers passing attack this Sunday, the Chargers Defense could be a bit more vulnerable, especially against wide receiver Chris Godwin in the middle of the field.

Kareem Jackson Sep 29 4:23pm ET

Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock (shoulder) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 29. LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quad), CB Davontae Harris (hamstring) and RB Phillip Lindsay (foot) were limited. CB Bryce Callahan (wrist), DE Shelby Harris (neck, quad), S Kareem Jackson (back) and S Trey Marshall (wrist) practiced in full. The Broncos did not hold a practice Tuesday, so the report was an estimation.

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Dallas Goedert Sep 29 4:20pm ET

The Philadelphia Eagles placed tight end Dallas Goedert (ankle) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday, meaning he'll be out at least three weeks. In a corresponding move, the team signed tight end Hakeem Butler to the active roster off the Panthers practice squad. Goedert has a small fracture in his left ankle and also an ankle sprain. He'll be back this year, though, and was a big part of the team's passing game before going down, so he's worth stashing if you have the extra roster space. A banged-up Philly receiving corps will now rely more heavily on Zach Ertz and DeSean Jackson, if he's healthy to go in Week 4. Greg Ward Jr. might be worth a flier off the waiver wire in deeper leagues.

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Jahleel Addae Sep 29 4:13pm ET

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Natrell Jamerson Sep 29 4:13pm ET

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Earl Thomas Sep 29 4:03pm ET

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Kai Forbath Sep 29 4:03pm ET

Free-agent PKs Kai Forbath and Elliott Fry are expected to work out for the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

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Dallas Goedert Sep 29 3:23pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the "hope" is that Goedert can return at the end of his three-week IR stint, although it sounds like it is far from a guarantee. In the meantime, his absence should lock Zach Ertz into nearly 10 targets per game for an offense that may need Greg Ward to handle a similar workload given all the injuries at receiver. Owners should hold onto Goedert, as he has incredible upside at a position that lacks a lot of it for fantasy purposes.

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Deone Bucannon Sep 29 3:13pm ET

Atlanta Falcons DE Austin Edwards was elevated from the practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 29. The Falcons also released CB D.J. White and LB Deone Bucannon from the practice squad.

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Darqueze Dennard Sep 29 3:03pm ET

Atlanta Falcons CB Darqueze Dennard (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a hamstring injury Tuesday, Sept. 29.

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Brett Rypien Sep 29 2:10pm ET

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Matt Ioannidis Sep 29 1:43pm ET

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Chris Godwin Sep 29 1:33pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: It appears he would have an outside chance of playing in Week 5, but the Buccaneers are scheduled to play the Chicago Bears two Thursdays from now. With Scott Miller (hip, groin) batting his own injury issues, Justin Watson could be thrust into action as Mike Evans' tag-team partner in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers. If that ends up being the case, Watson should probably be considered a low-end flex option.

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Drew Lock Sep 29 1:20pm ET

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Jamison Crowder Sep 29 1:20pm ET

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Damon Arnette Sep 29 1:10pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders rookie cornerback Damon Arnette (thumb) is visiting a thumb specialist on Tuesday after he injured it in the Week 3 loss to the Patriots, and he could be sidelined up to six weeks. In a worst-case scenario, Arnette would be placed on Injured Reserve. The first-round pick fractured the same thumb in training camp, so this is certainly something to watch moving forward. Either way, Arnette should be able to return this year for the Raiders secondary. The 24-year-old has been improving and has tallied 14 tackles (11 solo) and one pass defensed in the first three games of his NFL career.

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Jermaine Kearse Sep 29 12:03pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Goedert's absence will force the Eagles to rely more on Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders. Richard Rodgers could see a few looks, but it's not enough to move the needle in fantasy.

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Dallas Goedert Sep 29 11:00am ET

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (ankle) has a left ankle fracture and not a sprained ankle, according to an NFL source. Head coach Doug Pederson said that Goedert will be out for an extended period of time, but the source said the timeline for a return shouldn't be too lengthy. Everything will depend on how Goedert's recovery goes. It's bad news for those that roster Goedert, as he had 12 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in the first two games before getting injured after just six snaps in the Week 3 tie with the Bengals. Zach Ertz should see his target share increase with Goedert out, especially since Philly's receiving corps is really banged up. If you have the room, Goedert is worth stashing in an Injured Reserve spot since he should return at some point in 2020.

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