Daniel Jones: Goal Is to Win ‘Multiple Super Bowls’ with Giants Like Eli Manning
Daniel Jones, the New York Giants No. 6 overall draft pick, talks to reporters during NFL football rookie camp, Friday, May 3, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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New York Giants 2019 first-round pick Daniel Jones is setting the bar high for his NFL career.

Jones told reporters Friday that he is looking to follow in the footsteps of Giants starting quarterback Eli Manning by bringing championships back to New York: “I think the goal is certainly to win Super Bowls. There’s no doubt about it, that the goal, to win multiple Super Bowls, like Eli has. I’m looking forward to that.”

New York selected Jones sixth overall out of Duke, which raised eyebrows and drew criticism among pundits and fans alike.

The Giants could have taken Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins off a 50-touchdown season, but Haskins went to the rival Washington Redskins at No. 15 instead. New York also could have had Kentucky pass-rusher Josh Allen after he recorded 17 sacks and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year, but he was taken seventh by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jones’ college career left something to be desired, as his most productive season (2018) saw him complete 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 319 yards and three scores.

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Those numbers don’t scream “first-round pick,” but Jones knows it is up to him to change the perception of him: “It’s my job to make people believe in me. I understand that. There is a lot of work to do, and I’m excited to do it.”

It is easy to draw parallels between Jones and Manning since they have a similar frame and were both developed by current Duke head coach and former Ole Miss head coach David Cutcliffe in college.

The biggest difference is that Manning was viewed as an elite player when he entered the draft, while opinions varied on Jones; there was no consensus that he should even be a first-round pick, let alone sixth overall.

Jones is set to join a Giants team that has just eight wins combined over the past two seasons, but he will have an opportunity to learn behind Manning. Once he takes over the reins, he will have the benefit of Saquon Barkley leading the running game, which could give him a better chance to succeed than most anticipate.

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