Daniel Jones is well aware of the reaction he received upon being selected 6th overall by the New York Giants, and most recently, the massive boos he received when his face was shown on the Jumbotron at the New York Yankees home game earlier this week.
During a recent appearance on The Rich Eisen show, Jones explained how he handles the early criticism and he couldn’t have answered it any better.
“The reaction has not been all positive to your drafting in New York and you can’t control any of that…How have you dealt with that?” – Eisen
“I certainly don’t pay a whole lot of attention to it, but like you said, I think you’re aware of it. I’m focused on what we’re doing here and trying to practice as well as I could these last weeks and show some progress over those six weeks. At the end of the day, I’m grateful to be a part of this franchise and get this opportunity. I’m looking forward to keeping it going.” – Jones
“Every quarterback I’ve met is a control freak and deep down a competitor… I’m wondering if you’ve internalized any of what we just discussed for when you first take a snap in live action for the Giants?” – Eisen
“I’d certainly say I’m a competitor and all those things, but I’m not sure I’m going to internalize it or really see it that way. Over this period of time, I’ve certainly had a lot of people bringing it up. I just feel fortunate to be in this position.” – Jones
Ultimately, Jones will first have to prove he can do it on the field, but for the fans to boo him when he wasn’t the one to make the decision on the selection is just complete trash by the fan base. Give the kid a chance to prove himself.
We’ve seen numerous times over the year where fan bases have booed a selection, only to love that same player years later.
Jones might need to have a conversation with J.J. Watt who experienced the same thing, and now he’s one of the most beloved players in franchise history.