The Giants are about to dust off Daniel Jones.
Head coach Joe Judge confirmed Monday his preseason plan remains unchanged: Jones will start at quarterback Sunday against the Patriots at MetLife Stadium in his first and only appearance of the preseason.
Jones and the rest of the offensive starters – he can’t risk injury behind the second-team offensive line and there is no point in evaluating him throwing to practice-squad receivers – will play the first half and maybe a series or two in the third quarter.
“I made it very clear to the players: Not playing is not a reward and playing is not a punishment,” Judge said. “We play our players to get them ready for the season and all factors are based on what they did in practice.”
The longstanding way for coaches to handle the preseason was for the third of fourth preseason games to feature a heavy dose of the starters. With only three preseason games now, every coach has a new philosophy, including some starting quarterbacks playing in every game (like Jets rookie Zach Wilson) and some playing in no games (like Chargers second-year pro Justin Herbert).
“This week we will treat more as a dress rehearsal for the regular season,” Judge said.
Jones sat out the first preseason game against the Jets and the second game against the Browns, though last week’s decision wasn’t set in stone until late. It was also based on his workload in joint practices and the Browns’ decision to sit defensive starters, rendering the game less significant for Jones.