The Daniel Jones era has officially arrived in New York.
The rookie quarterback out of Duke made his first career start with the Giants on Sunday, and had his first career touchdown in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
And to show how different things are without Eli Manning, Jones’ first score was a rushing touchdown instead of a throwing one.
The 22-year-old ran a read-option on second-and-goal from the Tampa Bay 7-yard line when he tucked the ball and took off to his right untouched to get inside the pylon and pull the Giants to within two points after Aldrick Rosas’ extra point was good.
It was a 12-play, 70-yard drive in which Jones was 5 of 8 for 43 yards, plus an 11-yard run for a first down.
He actually missed connecting for his first career passing touchdown on the play prior, when Saquon Barkley dropped an open pass in front of the end zone.
He also led the Giants to a field goal on his first drive, too, completing 4 of 5 passes for 53 yards to set up a 36-yard field goal for Aldrick Rosas.