New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has cleared the league’s concussion protocol and will start, barring any last-minute setback. But a big question is how much the Giants will get from Jones in terms of the designed quarterback runs that he’s been so good at executing.
Jones is the Giants’ leading rusher (197 yards) and is third among all quarterbacks. He has 30 rushing attempts, second-most on the team behind running back Saquon Barkley’s 54.
But after Jones having suffered a concussion last week against the Cowboys, will the Giants consider cutting back on his designed runs?
That question was put to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, who dismissed the notion of scaling back on designed running plays for the quarterback.
“I think we’d be foolish if we didn’t use his ability as a runner,” said Garrett. “It’s been such an asset for us, both him making plays spontaneously by moving in the pocket, but also some design stuff. Those have been good plays for us.
“But at the same time, you have to be certainly aware of that. You don’t want to overdo that and put him in harm’s way. I think we’re understanding more and more, he’s understanding more and more the balance between those.”
Opinion has been split about Jones’s return so soon after a scary-looking concussion that left him unable to stand or walk on his own just moments after he absorbed the blow.
Some have even called for the Giants to consider sitting Jones this week to ensure he’s fully right, even though he was cleared of the league protocol, the final step of which being an examination by an independent neurological consultant.
“As an organization, as a coaching staff, we care too much about these guys to put them in a situation where they weren’t right,” Garrett said.
“If he’s back and ready to go, we’re going to play football. We’re going to ask him to do what we need to do.”
But that doesn’t mean Garrett or anyone in the organization, for that matter, wants to see Jones continue to be reckless when he does run.
“I think it’s important to understand that obviously sliding is important for quarterbacks,” Garrett said.
“But when you’re in a situation like that when you’re right down by the goal line, you’re probably not going to slide and give yourself up unless you have no chance. He thought he had an opportunity to score. He’s proven that he can be a tough, competitive player and make some of those plays for us. Again, unfortunately that didn’t work out for us.”