Giants executive Question Quarterback Decision

An ex-Giants executive questions the team’s selection of the quarterback in the 2024 draft.

As an NFL Network analyst, Marc Ross believes the Giants are being unrealistic if they think Malik Nabers will save quarterback Daniel Jones’s career.

Marc Ross, an NFL Network commentator and former vice president of player evaluation for the New York Giants, has questioned the team’s decision to pass on the talented quarterback class of 2024.

Speaking on NFL Total Access, Ross expressed his admiration for receiver Malik Nabers, the Giants’ sixth-round selection, but he advised fans not to get their hopes up for the rookie, who finished last season rated dead last in explosive plays.
“Exceptional wide receivers cannot rescue poor quarterbacks,” declared Ross, who spent 11 seasons with the Giants before being fired in December 2017 by general manager Dave Gettleman.

Ross thinks the Giants are being naive in thinking Nabers will do the same for Jones, unlike in Arizona, where their first-round selection of receiver Marvin Harrison, Jr. will improve quarterback Kyler Murray’s performance because “Murray has shown to be an upper-echelon quarterback in this league already.”

The Giants believe that Malik Nabers, who hasn’t shown much in this league, may save Daniel Jones. It is not how you do that; you have to develop quality quarterbacks.

The Giants fan base is still divided over Jones’s presence on the club; while some are happy that the team passed on drafting a quarterback in this selection, others are incensed or disappointed.

Ross did not elaborate on his assessment of Murray as “upper echelon.” Murray, like Jones, has only had one successful season (2021) in which his club made it to the postseason but fell to the Rams in the Wild Card round. Murray has a 28-36-1 record as a starting quarterback. He insisted, however, that Jones doesn’t fall into the same group.

Regarding Jones’s status as an elite quarterback, Ross remarked, “Daniel hasn’t proven to be that guy yet.” The Giants’ offense is still going to have a lot of growing pains. And if Daniel Jones is still the starting quarterback next season, I don’t know whether Malik Nabers will be an even better player.

Ross is partially right when he says that the receiver cannot toss the ball to himself. In the most recent episode of Locked On Giants, SI.com’s Coach Gene Clemons of Giants Country made the same argument.
Clemons stated, “I can show you situations where guys are wide open in the middle of the field and the ball isn’t thrown to them.” “So, the crucial question is: Will the trigger man release the ball?”

Clemons believes that Nabers can benefit the Giants by making long screen passes.

“He’s almost like your ideal marriage between what Darius Slayton and Jalin Hyatt bring to the table and what Wan’Dale Robinson can do,” Clemons remarked. “He is able to remove the top. He has a deceptively quick gait, meaning that until he suddenly closes on you, it doesn’t appear like he’s running quickly. Then again, you may pass it to him via a screen pass. He has the ability to make a man miss and bring it home.
Clemons points out that Nabers can benefit the offense in other ways besides enhancing the screen game.

When he and the other receivers are added, it becomes more difficult for the defense to block all of the lanes. And now you’ve found one of these guys that can go the extra mile and let them function in space. You can see Malik Nabers’ value, in my opinion, because of what he can do after the catch rather than just what he can do over the top.

To be clear, Jones is not being confused with an elite quarterback based on a single winning season record that led to a playoff appearance and the team’s first postseason victory since 2011.

If there’s any question about the Giants’ feelings toward Jones, it might also be argued that they have some concerns about his future as the team’s signal caller if they were inclined to ask about trading up in the first round to get a chance at Drake Maye.

However, another argument may be made that they believe that sticking with the position and building around it will make them more competitive going forward, regardless of who ends up throwing the ball. This is because they didn’t reach for a pick at the position.

 

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