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Renner: The New York Giants need to take a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) walks off the field after a 25-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in East Rutherford. Nyg Vs Tb

Another game. Another loss. Another two turnovers.

After a year and a half with Daniel Jones at the helm for the New York Giants, one question looms large over the franchise: Where’s the improvement? It’s difficult to pinpoint a single area in which Jones is better today than he was when at the start of his NFL career.

With rookie quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow hitting the ground running amid less-than-stellar supporting casts, it’s difficult to keep making that same excuse for the Giants' signal-caller. With New York sitting at 1-7 and in line for the second overall pick with what's shaping up to be an outstanding 2021 quarterback class, the franchise has to be willing to address quarterback at the top of the 2021 NFL Draft.

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At the quarterback position, maybe more so than any other, college evaluations still carry weight early on in the NFL careers of top draft picks. There are a number of different reasons for that. Whether it be evaluating how a player has progressed or postulating their hypothetical ceiling, it’s important to compare what you thought you were going to get versus what you’ve actually gotten. Here were the noted strengths and weaknesses I had for Jones when he was coming out.

Strengths

  • NFL readiness
  • Fearless under pressure in the pocket
  • Operating within the timing of the offense

Weaknesses

  • High-level play. Whether that’s big-time throws or dominant games
  • Consistent accuracy
  • Turnovers

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