Now that the Giants‘ season is over, and because they didn’t pick up his fifth-year quarterback option Daniel Jones is a free agent. the previous duke The quarterback entered 2022 with a lot of uncertainty about his future, but his big game in the wild-card round against the vikingin which he passed 301 yards and two points while adding 78 rushing yards has earned him a big payday.
The question is: will that payday come from the Giants? Will they stick the franchise label on him or sign him on a long-term, lucrative deal? It seems unlikely the Giants would let him go, but what if they do? There would certainly be ramifications across the NFL, and the same goes for fantasy.
With that in mind, here are the top potential fantasy landing spots for Jones:
New York Giants
On the one hand, returning to the Giants would give Jones his weakest supporting cast in terms of pass catchers. On the other hand, a second season under head coach Brian Daboll and offense coordinator Mike Kafka could be fun. Without major threats at receiver or a tight end in 2022, Jones has passed for 230+ yards in a game only twice in the regular season. He only had 15 touchdown passes, but his 708 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns helped him finish as a QB7. With a little help in the wide receiver room, Jones’ level of comfort in the system should lead to better passing stats.
Las Vegas robbers
The Raiders keep going Derek Carr and rumor has it they’re all in Tom Brady. But what if they don’t get the GO.AT? Is a Pro Bowl receiver Davante Adams, a year after signing a big deal, will he be comfortable with the idea of Oakland starting over with an untried rookie quarterback? nope Head coach Josh McDaniels likes a mobile quarterback. Cam Newton wasn’t as mobile when he starred under McDaniels patriots — that would make Jones the most mobile McDaniels quarterback since… Tim Tebow. Well, that’s not exactly cause for optimism, but with guns like Adams, Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller, Jones would thrive.
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Two offseasons ago Panthers acquired a former first-round quarterback from the nozzles (Sam Darnold), so there would be some symmetry if they went out this offseason and signed a former first-round quarterback from the other New York franchise. Darnold started the last six games of the season for Carolina after PJ Walker and the departure Baker Mayfield Split the first 11 games. Darnold has done well – he averaged 17.3 fantasy points per game, 15th among last season’s quarterbacks. Jones grew up in Charlotte, so a potential homecoming could be a good way to jump-start his career.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If Brady doesn’t stay with the Bucs, they certainly don’t have the next starting quarterback on their list. Tampa Bay moved in Kyle Trask in the second round last year, but no one is clamoring to put him on the field. After seeing how staying put the 45-year-old Brady was this season, Jones’ agility would bring new momentum to the Bucs’ offense. Mike Evans may have lost a step, but the combination of he and Chris Godwin would make a far more dangerous receiving tandem than Jones ever had in New York.
New York Jets
Look, we don’t know if the jets are giving up Zach Wilson. And if so, we don’t know if they’re eyeing a more experienced quarterback Jimmy GaroppoloCarr or (dare we say it) Aaron Rodgers. We also don’t think Jones is leaving the Giants, so this is all speculation. But can you imagine Jones committing a crime with young stars? Breece Hall and Garret Wilson at his disposal?