Saints: 5 Giants who can ruin Week 4

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4. Daniel Jones

Of course, the New York Giants’ quarterback is included on the list. Even if Daniel Jones sometimes plays more boring than his name sounds.

Many believe this to be Jones’ make-or-break year, especially given his turnover-prone history. In the last two seasons for the Giants, Jones has thrown 35 interceptions. Week 4 could certainly be a feast for the Saints’ secondary, but Jones has also shown signs of improvement.

He heads into Week 4 with just one turnover and has earned PFF’s fourth-highest passing grade (841.). This is largely due to his 782 passing yards through three games, which set him on pace to break his career-high 3,027 passing yardage in 2018.

Jones poses as a dual-threat with his rushing abilities, accumulating 863 yards so far. 95 of those yards came from a scintillating Week 2 performance against the Washington Football Team. Though the Giants lost that game, Jones proved he could shine even when the rest of his team faltered, and that’s a trait that, among other redeemable qualities, makes Jones a true leader.

Jones will face two huge tests in the form of Cameron Jordan and Payton Turner, and the good news for the Saints is that New York’s offensive line still hasn’t improved much from last year.

In 2020, the Giants finished second to last in total offense and in points and Jones finished with a measly quarterback rating of 53.9. Granted, Jones was pressured on a league-high 41 percent of his dropbacks, and he didn’t have much help out wide.

If New York’s O-line can adequately protect him in Week 4, Jones will be ready to slice through New Orleans’ defense at every opportunity.

After the game, Jones and Jameis Winston can grab a beer and talk about their favorite interception. But now, Jones means business, and like Winston in NOLA, he’s out to prove himself worthy of New York’s franchise QB position.