Is Daniel Jones Who We Thought Baker Was Going to be?

By Jake Sockett  Twitter: @SockettJake

I’ve never been one to shy away from being wrong.

Did I predict the Bears to win the NFC North because Mitchell Trubisky was going to take the step this year? Yeah. Has he made me look dumb so far? Yes. Did I say Baker was going to win the MVP this year? Yeah, I did. Has he made me look like a jackass so far? Also, yes. Most importantly, I deeply regret my prediction that Freddie Kitchens would win COTY. That one I’m just sorry about.

I think that there’s still a good chance I’m right about my divisional picks, but I’m fairly sure that my MVP and COTY picks are far from what will actually happen. Kitchens and Mayfield have looked bad so far this year. You gotta win, people forget that.

Speaking of winning, you know who did a pretty good job of it? Daniel Stephen Jones, third of his name, King of the Giants and the Blue Devils, Lord of the NFC East, and Protector of the Pigskin (he’s working on that last part).

I am alllllll the way in on Daniel Jones and I don’t care who knows it. I know it’s been one week, I know it’s the Buccaneers, but Daniel Jones has made a fan out of me. He made some great throws into some great coverage and you could really see that the offense was reinvigorated by having him under center. On his first rushing touchdown, Jones allegedly got into the huddle and said, “let’s go fucking score,” which was the first time many of his teammates heard him curse. I love it.

He came out in the second half with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram, and followed that drive up with another passing touchdown that included a 46-yard connection with Darius Slayton. That 75-yarder was mostly due to Engram’s legs and some great downfield blocking, but considering how many quarterbacks in the league don’t even see their open receivers, (shout out Mitchell Trubisky), Jones shouldn’t lose credit for hitting the open man. He finished with over 300 yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns, and a passer rating of 112.7. Get this guy a real defense and he might take you somewhere.

This leads me back to my title. Is Daniel Jones who we all thought Baker would be? Baker is a vastly bigger personality, but he hasn’t backed up any of the talk he’s been making. He keeps making this narrative for the Browns that they’re being doubted and that they’re the underdogs, but he’s not taking any accountability. Of course people are going to doubt you when you’ve thrown five picks in three weeks and have an average passer rating of 70.5. The only win his team has is against the Jets when he eked out 300 yards on 35 passing attempts.

Their teams have the same record, and as we know, you’ve gotta win. Baker is now 1-6 in his career against teams with winning records. Daniel Jones just led the Giants to their biggest comeback win in 49 years- just saying.

If you weren’t big on Daniel Jones; you should be.


Suddenly, We Might Be Losing Three Hall of Fame Quarterbacks at the End of This Season

By Jake Sockett Twitter: @SockettJake

We’re only two weeks into this NFL season, and not to say THIS LEAGUE but man, THIS LEAGUE! Between the whole Dolphins fiasco, the Jaguars falling apart, and some great games, we’re looking at some very serious landscape changes to the NFL going forward.

Ben Roethlisberger has been placed on IR with an elbow injury, Drew Brees is out at least six weeks with a thumb injury, and Eli Manning has been benched by Pat Shurmur in favor of Daniel Jones a.k.a. Danny Dimes. All three of these guys are going to the Hall of Fame. People are going to bitch about Eli getting in, but the guy’s got two rings and both came against the best dynasty in football.

Which team is the biggest loser here?

It’s certainly not the Giants. Eli has looked bad in his first two games. It’s like watching a deer with two broken legs on Planet Earth bad. Jones looked at least serviceable in his preseason action, and if you’re Pat Shurmur, this should be so much easier. Just hand the ball to Saquon and let him do his thing (I’m astounded at how little he’s called that play). Hopefully Jones getting the nod will push the offense more towards running. If the team starts to look better, Eli could consider hanging them up.

A case can be made for the Steelers, but it doesn’t seem like they were lined up to make too much noise this year anyways. They’re probably going to finish third in the division, which makes a lot of sense for them. They lost their two best offensive weapons, and it doesn’t look like Juju Smith-Schuster is ready to be the number one receiver. There are just too many teams ahead of the Steelers for this to make them the biggest loser. Ben is getting up there, and depending on how the team looks in his absence (hint: they’re going to stink up the league), he could retire at the end of the year. Maybe he lets the team know early, suddenly the Steelers are #Tanking4Tua.

The Saints, man. They just can’t catch a break. They take a rough loss in the NFC Championship rematch, and now they’re down Drew Brees for at least six weeks. I know it’s only six weeks, but based on how Teddy Bridgewater looked that could be a long six weeks. Plus, you never want to see a quarterback getting surgery on his throwing hand midseason. If he comes back to the team and he feels great and looks great, the Saints could have a real shot at winning the division and the talent is there to make noise in the playoffs. Or, maybe Brees comes back and he just looks off, the team played poorly without him, and they sneak in as a wild card. Maybe Brees looks at that in the offseason and decides the window is closed and he wants to retire before he turns into Eli Manning.

The bigger impact of these injuries goes beyond this season. How rare is it that three quarterbacks at the level of these guys are in the same Hall of Fame class? For all of them to leave the league at the same time – crazy.

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