Daniel Jones jersey sales up 500 percent since replacing Eli Manning
The New York Giants are now prepared to usher in the Daniel Jones era in earnest. It appears Giants fans are preparing themselves for the transition as well.
The Giants announced Tuesday that the rookie Jones will supplant veteran Eli Manning atop the quarterback depth chart and will start in Week 3 on the road Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to data collected by the New York Post from Fanatics, which has a network that includes the official NFL shop and the Giants’ team store, Jones’ jersey sales have increased by 500% since head coach Pat Shurmur announced the decision to start Jones.
Jones mostly outplayed Manning in the preseason, but the Giants nevertheless stuck with their stated plan of sitting Jones behind Manning in 2019. Manning’s ineffectiveness in the Giants’ first two games, both losses, seemingly led the Giants to alter their approach.
It merits noting Giants’ decision to take Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft elicited an outpouring of criticism. The suspicion has been that the Giants could be motivated to usher Jones — who has handled himself amid the backlash as well as can be imagined — along faster than planned in an effort to absolve themselves of scrutiny.
Whether that played a role in the Giants’ decision to sit Manning in favor of Jones will likely never be known, and Tuesday’s announcement makes such speculation merely academic.
In the end, the Daniel Jones era is now, and Giants fans clearly are getting their Sunday best, as it were, ready for it.