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Giants' Daniel Jones aims to return by training camp

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is optimistic he can return to action when training camp gets underway.

Jones was at the team facility with other players for the first day of the Giants' offseason program Monday.

"The plan is to be ready to go by training camp. … I haven't had any setbacks, fortunately, to this point," Jones said, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "It's a process, and there have certainly been better days and then days where you don't make as much progress, but overall, it has been a good process with these guys."

Jones tore his right ACL during the Nov. 5 game against the Las Vegas Raiders and missed the remainder of the 2023 season. His recovery was expected to take about eight months, which would fall close to the start of training camp in July.

Jones also missed three games due to a neck injury. It was the 26-year-old's second neck injury in three seasons. However, he said his neck is "100% healthy," describing last season's ailment as a common impact injury.

The Giants signed Drew Lock in March to provide a veteran option on the depth chart. New York is also meeting with quarterback prospects as it explores its options with the No. 6 pick in the draft.

Jones, the No. 6 selection in the 2019 draft, said he thinks he'll be the Giants' best option even if they draft a quarterback.

"The best way to handle that is to focus on what I'm doing, focus on myself, making sure I'm healthy and ready to play good football," Jones added, according to Fox Sport's Ralph Vacchiano. "That's what I can control."

Jones signed a four-year, $160-million extension in March 2023. The former Duke star has thrown for 12,512 yards, 62 touchdowns, and 40 interceptions in 60 games with the Giants. He's also rushed for 1,914 yards and 13 scores over five seasons.

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