In 2019, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones led the NFL with 18 fumbles to go along with 12 interceptions in his first 12 career starts. In other words, turnovers were a problem for the otherwise promising rookie, and the Giants' 3-9 record with Jones at the helm was indicative of his flawed decision making. After the 2019 season, Jason Garrett was hired to fulfill the role of offensive coordinator, replacing Mike Shula.
Though the 2020 iteration of Daniel Jones is by no means mistake-free — he has thrown nine interceptions and seven fumbles in 10 starts — his recent play is encouraging. And former Giants running back Tiki Barber, who has recently been very critical of the second-year quarterback, sees his progress as a result of great Giants coaching.
"Their record doesn't show it — yet — but the Giants are so well coached," Barber wrote in a tweet following New York's Week 10 win over Philadelphia. "Garrett has coached the turnovers out of [Daniel Jones] and finally realize the asset they have in Wayne Gallman."
And Barber may be on to something, seeing as Jones was turnover-less against the Eagles in a surprising defeat, marking the second week in a row he didn't commit any turnovers. Though he fumbled twice against the Washington Football Team in Week 9, neither was recovered by the defense. After a 1-7 start, the Giants have won two big games in a row — which isn't saying much due to the NFC East's horrendous makeup — and have a real shot at winning this mess of a division.
Head coach Joe Judge also showed confidence in Jones following the victory in Week 10.
"I didn't learn anything new about Daniel today," Judge told reporters, regarding his quarterback's accuracy and decisiveness. "I've known that the entire time working with him, and I think we all have internally, that's why the team has so much confidence in Daniel, that's why he's our quarterback. We're going to play aggressive with Daniel, and he's done a heck of a job making plays when we need it and making better decisions throughout the season.
"This guy is a young player who is developing, he's learning a lot every week. You can see his improvement week to week."
Barber's comment on Wayne Gallman also rings true. Much of the focus following the Saquon Barkley injury fell on Dion Lewis and Devonta Freeman, but it's been Gallman who has emerged as the primary running back due to a number of factors, and he continued his production with two scores against the Eagles. Here's the breakdown of Giants running backs since Week 3:
Gallman filled in for Barkley admirably in 2019, as well, going for 118 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4 in his first start as a replacement.
Whether this strong recent play is the result of weak opposition or of true development remains to be seen, and we may not know that answer for sure in Week 12, when the Giants face off against the Cincinnati Bengals off their bye. However, matchups against the Seahawks, Cardinals, Browns and Ravens can be very telling in Weeks 13-16 ahead.