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Daniel Jones can’t ‘afford to really focus’ on draft backlash

The New York Giants’ decision to select Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has been widely panned, if not outright mocked. The former Duke quarterback has since made it clear he will not overreact to things beyond his control.

Further, Jones pointed out at Giants rookie minicamp on Friday that there are there are things much more deserving of his attention than naysayers, criticism and the resulting media firestorm.

“It’d be hard to be completely unaware of a lot of that stuff and the way it works nowadays,’’ Jones said, via the New York Post. “I don’t focus on it. I think there’s a lot to focus on, there’s a lot to learn for me right now being here, learning the offense, trying to pick up a lot of stuff. I’m not sure I can afford to really focus on that too much.’’

Many draft pundits and NFL insiders believe the Giants reached — or possibly even panicked — by taking Jones so high, especially given subsequent reports suggest there was no need for the team to do so.

Jones is handling the backlash with composure, something that is believed to be among his greatest strengths.

“I think it’s largely a personality thing,’’ Jones said of his unflappability. “If you can be calm and steady in your demeanor you can handle this.

“I think anyone who comes to New York is probably coming into a situation with more attention than they had previously. It’s all part of it. It’s my job to make people believe in me and I understand that. There’s a lot of work to do and I’m excited to do it.’’

How it plays out for Jones in the years ahead of course remains to be seen, although it sounds like he’ll have plenty of time to learn the NFL ropes as Eli Manning’s understudy.

When Jones does get his chance, however, he won’t set the bar too low for himself.

“I think the goal is certainly to win Super Bowls,’’ Jones said. “There’s no doubt about it, that’s the goal, to win multiple Super Bowls, like Eli has.’’