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NY Giants Quarterback Tyrod Taylor Continues To Show Why A Competition Is Necessary

NY Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor had a solid quarter of action during last night’s preseason game against the Patriots. He showed us why he and Daniel Jones should compete for the QB job during training camp.

NY Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has been the starter since Week 3 of the 2019 season when they benched Eli Manning for the rookie QB out of Duke. Ever since the position has been filled with many questions, there has never been a moment where anyone has thought Jones was a no-doubt franchise quarterback.

Enter the 2022 season, and Jones is in the final year of his rookie deal after the Giants’ did not pick up the fifth-year option. He’s been named the starting QB this season, but another quarterback on the roster should be in the conversation. Tyrod Taylor is a proven quarterback around the league who has run new Head Coach Brian Daboll’s offense in Buffalo. After last night’s preseason opener, there should be a QB competition for the starting QB role in training camp.

The Giants opened their preseason slate last night against the Patriots in Foxborough, and most starters saw the field for at least a series or two. Daniel Jones played the entire first quarter and went 6-10 for 69 yards. He also picked up a first down using his legs and extended the game’s first drive. Unfortunately, that drive stalled in the RedZone as WR Kenny Golladay dropped an easy pass that likely would’ve been a touchdown, and they had to settle for a field goal.

On the next offensive drive, which didn’t see starters Andrew Thomas and Saquon Barkley, the offense stuttered and was forced to punt. That was it for Jones, and when the Giants got the ball in the second quarter, Tyrod Taylor was the Giant’s QB. He took control of the offense and drove the team down the field until a WR Colin Johnson fumble turned the ball over.

Later in the quarter, Taylor led the Giants on an 11-play, 86-yard touchdown drive that ended with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Richie James. Taylor looked in total control throughout the drive and naturally ran the offense. However, after the second quarter, Taylor’s night was over, and he finished throwing for 129 yards on 13-21 passing with that touchdown completion to James. The Giants ended up winning the game 23-21, thanks to a game-winning field goal by Graham Gano.

Yes, Taylor was playing against backups, and the preseason isn’t the level of competition you’ll be seeing during the regular season. However, when you consider his previous history as a starting quarterback and his play style, he, at the very least, deserves to be in the conversation to be the Giants starting quarterback. Nothing since his rookie season has shown us that Daniel Jones can lead a team to a winning record. He has never gone above .500, and his play has been subpar at best.

At the very least, a QB competition would spark something in Jones to take this more seriously and not act like he was handed the job. It would push both guys to play their absolute best because that’s what battle brings out in people, their best.

Just look at last year regarding the Denver Broncos. They had a QB competition between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater. Lock had been the starter but wasn’t progressing as he needed to, so they brought in Bridgewater. At the end of camp, Bridgewater won the battle, and the Broncos played much better during the regular season with him versus when Lock was in there.

Alas, it doesn’t look like there will be a QB competition during Giants training camp. However, if Taylor continues to play like he did last night, Jones better watch his back. Before he knows it, Week 10 of the regular season could be upon us, and Tyrod Taylor will be the starting quarterback of the New York Giants.

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