Daniel Jones hasn’t ‘paid too much mind’ to draft criticism
Daniel Jones has found himself ensnared in controversy through no fault of his own over backlash to the New York Giants’ decision to select him with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Many draft pundits and NFL insiders believe the Giants reached — or possibly even panicked — by taking the former Duke quarterback so high. To hear it from Jones, though, there’s no reason for him to agonize over things beyond his control.
“I haven’t paid too much mind to that. I think that’s key to playing quarterback, to being consistent as a quarterback is keeping your head in the same place,” Jones said this week during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio, as transcribed by Big Blue View. “I think that just comes down to your confidence in yourself. Your confidence has gotta come from inside of you.
“If you’re looking externally for confidence then you’re also going to be affected by the negative as well. Just finding your confidence in yourself and knowing what you can do as a player, as a person is the way that works.”
The backlash to the Giants’ selection of Jones was swift, and the fallout from it seems to have only picked up in intensity in the days following last Thursday’s draft.
Embattled Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has been downright defiant in defending the wisdom of choosing Jones at No. 6. In the eyes of some of his harshest critics, though, Gettleman is merely engaging in full-scale damage control.
The prevailing belief is the Giants erred by erroneously believing two teams would select Jones before the team’s next first-round pick at No. 17. Several unidentified sources, including an AFC team executive, have indicated there is no evidence whatsoever that was the case.
In the end, selecting a quarterback in the first round, regardless of where and the circumstances involved, is a gamble. Gettlemen is almost going overboard in his insistence that Giants got their man. Whether or not that is indeed the case will take years to determine.