Daniel Jones’ toughness is undisputed, though his play on the field does not

The expectation burden presented itself in two ways for Daniel Jones: the Super Bowls and the durability.

Eli Manning won two championship rings during his career with the Giants, something Jones has been striving to duplicate since becoming the sixth overall pick in 2019. But just as much as bringing another Vince Lombardi Trophy home to the 1925 Giants Drive was a motivating factor for Jones, Mannings the incredible ironman record was just as important.

It is already too late for Jones to repeat Manning on the latter performance. During his 16-year career in a Giants uniform, Manning never missed a fight to injury, an incredible race that included 234 starts. Jones has already missed four games during his seasons with two pluses as Giants starters. And he missed most of the Giants’ loss to the Cowboys in Dallas with a concussion, even though he returned the following week.

Now he is dealing with a neck problem that emerged during the Giants’ 13-7 victory over the Eagles last Sunday and worsened in the hours after. The Giants were concerned enough about Jones ‘situation to sign Jake Fromm out of the Bills’ training team, and there have been reports that Mike Glennon is the expected starter in Miami on Sunday.

But Jones trained on Wednesday, and while the team portion of the training session was ruled out for reporters, Jones said afterwards that he felt much improved as the week went on, expressing hope he will be able to play against the Dolphins.

“I felt ok during the match [against Philadelphia]right after the match, [there was] some tenderness, “he said.” But I’m fine. I get ready to play, listen to the coaches and the doctors. My job is to be ready to play. “

He is particularly mindful of that role because of the quarterback he has succeeded with. Manning was one of the NFL’s all-time great ironmen, and the only time he did not play was when his coaches took him out of the ranks. The first time was Ben McAdoo’s fateful decision to start Geno Smith late in the 2017 season – a move that cost McAdoo his job – and then in 2019, when Pat Shurmur raised Jones after a 0-2 start.

“I certainly do,” Jones said Wednesday when asked if he feels the weight of getting out there week after week, as Manning did for so long. “I feel the responsibility of being out there. I will never miss a game. As a quarterback, you will never miss a moment. Therefore, my focus is to come back and be ready to play.”

Say what you will about Jones’ viability as a great quarterback, but you can never question his toughness.

I’m still not convinced Jones has what it takes to get this team to another championship, but his willingness to win and his desire to be out there for his teammates is as exemplary as Manning. You will not find a player or a coach in the Giants’ locker room who doubts his commitment and his preparation. He may not be a good enough player, but he is at least the perfect teammate and leader.

Jones is desperately hoping to be approved to play, even though he would go against an aggressive defense that will not take into account his physical condition. Coach Brian Flores loves to make his defenders blink, especially from the secondary. The Dolphins are number 24 in the overall defense, but they have improved a lot over the last month. During their current four-game winning streak, they have allowed an average of 11.5 points per game. match, which includes a 22-10 victory over Lamar Jackson’s Ravens.

“I think they are doing a good job of bringing a lot of pressure,” Jones said. “It’s about having a plan to deal with it, getting the ball out of your hands and providing opportunities to play behind it. I know we want to be ready and prepared for that.”

Joe Judge rejected the idea that his offensive line, which has been marginally better this year than last, will be overmatched against the Dolphins.

“I think our offensive line has done a good job of playing synchronously,” Judge said. “You’re talking about their pressure and the flash. When it comes to playing against these guys, it’s just something you have to account for.”

But let’s face it. This is a difficult defense to play against for a fully healthy quarterback, no less a quarterback with a sore neck. If he plays, Jones will have his work cut out, and he knows it.

He also knows what Manning knew in all those years: When you’re the Giants’ quarterback, you have to do everything in your power to show up on game day. Rest assured that Jones will do just that.