By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports activities Author
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Even when Daniel Jones is aware of why he has been so profitable in his profession in opposition to Washington, the New York Giants quarterback desires no a part of sharing that perception.
Every sport is completely different, Jones insists, but he is 4-0 in opposition to Washington and 4-19 in opposition to the remainder of the NFL by his first two-plus professional seasons.
“He runs nicely with the ball — he’s a dynamic runner,” Washington coach Ron Rivera mentioned. “So, that is been it: He’s bought arm, strong-arm quarterback who throws the ball.”
Typically for a pricey interception. Or he may be placing the ball on the bottom for a fumble, one thing Jones did as a lot or greater than every other participant within the league the previous two years. Now Jones is trying to hold his undefeated run going in opposition to Washington, which is popping to unproven however in style Taylor Heinicke to start out after Ryan Fitzpatrick injured his proper hip in Week 1.
The matchup between Washington’s fearsome — or what needs to be fearsome — cross rush in opposition to New York’s offensive line will go a good distance towards figuring out who wins the NFC East matchup on Thursday night time. But all eyes are on the quarterbacks with mistake-prone potential in Jones going up in opposition to a journeyman in Heinicke who nearly outdueled Tom Brady within the playoffs final season.
“I simply bear in mind him being a gunslinger,” mentioned Giants cornerback James Bradberry, who performed for the Panthers in Heinicke’s solely different regular-season NFL begin again in 2018 with Carolina. “(He’s) prepared to take probabilities, trusting his receivers and giving them alternatives to make performs.”
The belief is there between Jones and second-year coach Joe Decide, who inherited the 2019 No. 6 total draft decide when he bought the job. Jones fumbled for the thirtieth time in New York’s Week 1 loss to Denver, but in addition threw for 267 yards and a landing.
“Daniel prepares extraordinarily nicely,” Decide mentioned. “Daniel goes on the market and practices exhausting every single day. He goes on the market and we’ve confidence in him due to the way in which he prepares on a weekly foundation, doing the whole lot it takes to be prepared for the sport.”
Washington has that type of confidence in Heinicke, regardless of most teammates not figuring out who he was a yr in the past. Heinicke was signed because the “quarantine quarterback” after the Broncos fiasco that compelled them to start out a receiver due to virus protocols. However the way in which the previous Previous Dominion star performed and ran with reckless abandon late final season and within the playoffs made him right into a fan favourite and a participant different guys rally round.
“I’m excited to be on the market, it’s been a dream of mine and I need to go on the market and play some good soccer and win video games,” Heinicke mentioned. “Perhaps that’s it. I simply try to go on the market and provides the blokes some power and hopefully go get a win.”
Whereas each participant is dealing with the identical brief turnaround, it is a larger deal for Giants operating again Saquon Barkley having a second sport in 4 days coming off a significant knee harm. Barkley, who tore the ACL in his proper knee final season, rushed for 26 yards on 10 carries in opposition to the Broncos.
“I haven’t gotten tackled in an entire yr or performed in a soccer sport in an entire yr,” Barkley mentioned. “There’s all the time going to be some soreness. Positively a fast turnaround this week, however that’s why I’ve bought to be a professional and get my physique prepared.”
Washington’s protection allowed a league-high 73.7% conversion fee on third downs in Week 1, a 20-16 loss to Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers. The unit led by reigning AP Defensive Rookie of the 12 months Chase Younger was speculated to be the workforce’s power, and after each Chargers drive reached the purple zone there’s loads of room for enchancment.
“All of us took it personally as a result of that’s not what we need to placed on tape,” linebacker Jon Bostic mentioned. “That’s not our commonplace.”
The Giants dressed seven offensive linemen for his or her season opener and used all of them.
The largest shock was beginning left guard Shane Lemieux enjoying 17 snaps. A knee harm early in coaching camp stored him off the sector for all three preseason video games.
Guard Ben Bredeson, acquired from Baltimore earlier than the ultimate cuts, bought 44 snaps. Nate Solder, who opted out of final season due to COVID-19 issues, break up time at proper deal with. He bought the beginning and was on for 43 of 61 performs. Second-year professional Matt Peart had 19 snaps.
That hasn’t gone unnoticed for Younger and fellow Washington edge rusher Montez Sweat.
“I can’t say an excessive amount of, however we’re drawing some stuff up, me and ’Tez,” Younger mentioned. “We’ve been watching movie collectively, so we’re going to go on the market and provides it an actual good shot.”
Left deal with Andrew Thomas, middle Nick Gates and proper guard Will Hernandez didn’t miss an offensive snap.
AP Sports activities Author Tom Canavan contributed.
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