Daniel Jones revealed on a Zoom call Wednesday that he is dedicating much of his offseason training to protecting the football.
The Giants quarterback was abysmal when it came to ball security his rookie year last season, fumbling 18 times and losing 11 of them.
But with players limited in what they can do with a virtual offseason training program, and a new offense to learn under new offensive coordiantor Jason Garrett, how exactly is Jones accomplishing this?
That’s where former Duke quarterback Anthony Boone comes in.
Boone, who helps train and develop young quarterbacks at QB Country, has been working with Jones in Charlotte – where the Giants quarterback grew up – along with a group of local wide receivers. He explained to Steve Serby of The New York Post exactly what he has been doing with Jones in order to fix the quarterback’s fumbling woes.
“[Jones] really just kind of stressed to me, ‘If you don’t mind, just kind of rough me up in the pocket a little bit, try and knock the ball out of my hands,’” he said. “Every drill that we do, I kind of walk up behind him, walk up on him, and I’m trying to rake the ball out of his hands. Even if he’s just standing around, I’m just trying to poke the ball out of his hand.”
Health and safety measures are also taken into account for these workouts, which occur every Tuesday and Thursday. Boone wears and mask and comes prepared with hand sanitizer before swiping away at Jones.
According to Boone, progress has been made.
“Early on, I got him a couple of times,” he said. “But now he’s pretty locked in.”
While states begin to loosen restrictions on stay-at-home orders, the NFL announced on Wednesday that the virtual offseason period will be extended through the end of May.
Boone, in all likelihood, will continue to work diligently with Jones until he is able to return to New Jersey and practice with the team.
“He basically right now is asking me to coach him and give feedback in the small details,” Boone said. “But also be a gnat and be as annoying as possible when it comes to trying to get the ball out of his hand.”