Giants owner stands by Jones: 'We've done everything possible to screw this kid up'
"We've done everything possible to screw this kid up since he's been here. … We certainly have not given up on Daniel Jones," Giants co-owner John Mara said Wednesday, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
Jones, who New York drafted sixth overall in 2019, has been plagued by turnovers throughout his brief career, throwing 29 interceptions and losing 20 fumbles.
The Giants are in the process of ushering in a new regime. They've already hired Joe Schoen from the Buffalo Bills as their general manager and expect to name a new head coach shortly.
"When the new staff gets in here, we'll build an offense around Daniel to accentuate what he does best," Schoen said at his introductory press conference, according to SNY.
Several veteran quarterbacks have been linked to the Giants as trade candidates throughout the Jones era. One option the club won't pursue is Deshaun Watson, who still wants out from the Houston Texans.
"We are not trading for Deshaun Watson," Mara said, per SNY. "There are so many reasons why we wouldn't do that. Cap-wise we couldn't afford it, but more importantly, with the (sexual assault) allegations that are out there right now, that's just not the right fit for us."
Jones has been effective as a runner over his first three seasons and has shown flashes as a passer when given a clean pocket. The Giants' offensive line has struggled mightily in front of him, making the unit a priority for Schoen and Co.
"If you really want to see Daniel Jones put his best foot forward, he's got to be on his feet," said Schoen, according to SNY. "If you want to see what (running back) Saquon (Barkley) can do, it would be nice if you could block guys."