In his first official game since signing a four-year, $160 million contract extension with the New York Giants, Daniel Jones did little to prove that he was worth the money.
Jones, in particular, played quite poorly as he completed just 15 of 28 passes for 104 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions in the game.
Following the heavy defeat, NFL fans took to social media to clown on the Giants for handing the clearly mediocre a behemoth contract extension.
Daniel Jones to The Giants Front Office after signing that Contract pic.twitter.com/78EfcXpM3o
— Brother Sunflower (@u_can_HateMeNow) September 11, 2023
Daniel Jones agent after tricking the Giants front office for that contract pic.twitter.com/fV78rOdDkC
— Jason Williams (@jasoneg33) September 11, 2023
Daniel Jones and his agent knowing they fleeced the Giants on new contract: pic.twitter.com/YkPm9nD2tq
— Danny Armstrong (@DArmstrong44) September 11, 2023
What makes Jones’ performance more troubling is that he had a full compliment of weapons available to him, including newly acquired Pro Bowl tight end Darren Waller, who had just three catches for 36 yards in his G-Men debut.
Giants front office after giving Daniel Jones a massive contract extension… pic.twitter.com/XG9yKELsCR
— Snoog’s Dynasty Society (@FFSnoog) September 11, 2023
Daniel Jones after signing his new contract and securing the bag pic.twitter.com/1qDtmc3h0p
— 𝙆𝙪𝙩𝙩𝙖𝘽𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙖 (@dreamzz_kidd) September 11, 2023
The Daniel Jones contract is how you know racism still exists in the USA
— MAC (@M_Caba86) September 11, 2023
Given the playoff expectations placed on the Giants following last year’s Wild Card berth and subsequent Wild Card round victory over the Minnesota Vikings, the Giants — and Jones in particular — will need to turn things around fast if they want to keep the fan base on their side.
Luckily for the Giants, their Week 2 matchup is against arguably the worst team in the league as they’ll be taking on the Arizona Cardinals, who are the betting favorites to finish with the worst win-loss record in the NFL this year.
The Giants originally drafted Jones out of Duke University with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Jones has essentially been the Giants’ starter since having started in 54 games.
In those 54 games, Jones has compiled a 21-31-1 record and has completed 63.8% of his passes for 11,713 yards, 60 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. Jones has also proven to be a threat with his legs as he’s carried the ball 306 times for 1,751 yards and another 12 touchdowns.