Indy Bowl MVP Daniel Jones To Start For New York Giants
The Daniel Jones Era is beginning in New York.
Last December, Daniel Jones was the starting quarterback for Duke, as they took on the Temple Owls at the Walk-On's Independence Bowl in Shreveport. Now Jones is set to takeover the reigns for one of the most storied franchises in NFL history, the New York Giants.
In the 2018 Indy Bowl, Jones threw for 428 yards and an ACC-bowl record 6 touchdowns for Duke. Both of those totals are Indy Bowl records too.
During the game, one of the main story-lines was whether or not Jones would enter the NFL Draft, or return to Duke for one more season. Partially based on his Indy Bowl performance, Jones decided to enter the NFL Draft. He was projected as a possible First Round pick, but even with that projection, some found it shocking that the New York Giants picked him at #6 overall.
By using that level of draft capital, the Giants signaled that they were preparing for a future without Eli Manning. As Jones was playing well in the preseason, the whispers started about when Jones would take over for Manning in New York. After the first two weeks of the season, those whispers became an actual conversation, and now that conversation has turned into a passing of the torch.
Interestingly, the QB Jones is replacing, Eli Manning, was also an MVP at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport. Manning's MVP came in the 2002 Indy Bowl, when his Ole Miss team beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers.