Daniel Jones And Areas For Improvement To Finish The Season

In some posts I have referred to looking for continued improvement from Giant’s quarterback Daniel Jones. Today I look at his statistics, his standing among rookie quarterbacks and which ones could use some improvement.

Daniel Jones has 17 passing touchdowns in nine games. That is tie for seventh among quarterback’s first nine starts going back to 1950. Barring injury or an Eli manning farewell tour Jones will finish the season with 14 games started. To break the top ten he would need to score eight passing touchdowns over the next five games. He is on track to add nine additional touchdowns. No improvement is needed here just maintain current touchdown rate. Here are the top fourteen quarterbacks for passing touchdowns over their first 14 career starts.

Daniel Jones is twenty-ninth among rookie quarterbacks since 1950 in passer rating for their first fourteen career starts. He has a passer rating of 87.9. To break the top twenty Jones  would need to finish with a passer rating of 91.5. That is a slight improvement needed on passer rating. Here are the top twenty-nine rookie quarterbacks in  passer rating for their first 14 career starts.

Daniel Jones is eighth in quarterback rushing yards per attempt among rookie quarterbacks first fourteen career starts since 1950 with 250 pass attempts. No improvement is needed here just maintain current rushing productivity. Here are the top twelve rookie quarterbacks with 250 pass attempts for their 14 career starts.

Daniel Jones is thirtieth among quarterbacks in completion percentage for their first 14 career starts. In order to crack the top twenty he would need to improve from 62.5% to 63.45%. This is a slight improvement needed in completion percentage. Here are the top twenty quarterbacks in their first fourteen career starts.

On the negative side is Jones’ fumbles. He leads the league in fumbles with 14. His fourteen fumbles is the season record going back to 2017 when Jameis Winston had 15. This problem has gotten worse. In his first five games Jones had three fumbles. In his last five games he has had eleven fumbles.  This is an are that needs significant improvement over the next five games. Jones has already tied for the most fumbles by a quarterback in their first 14 starts. Here is the list of quarterbacks first 14 starts with 300+ pass attempts sorted by increasing fumbles.

Daniel Jones is doing well concerning interceptions. Among quarterback’s first nine career starts Jones ranks tie at 51st in decreasing number of interceptions thrown with eight. He has even improved that over the last five games. In his first five career starts he had seven of those eight interceptions and only one in the last four games.  Jones is tie at 15th in quarterback’s first 14 career starts for interceptions with a minimum 300 passing attempts.  Here are the top 25 quarterbacks for their first 14 career starts in increasing interceptions for 300 passing attempts.

Daniel Jone is twenty-sixth among quarterbacks first 14 career starts in yards per pass attempt. In order to move into the top twenty Jones would need a small improvement from 6.43 yards per attempt to 6.66 yards per attempt. Here are the top twenty-six qurterbacks in their first fourteen career starts.

Daniel Jones is eleventh is passing yards for quarterback’s first career nine starts. There is no need for improvement here. By maintaining his current 235 passing yards per game Jones will move into seventh place among quarterbacks passing yards in their first 14 career starts. Here are the top twenty over their first 14 career starts.

In conclusion, Daniel Jones has done well so far in his rookie season. What does he need to do to cement himself as a historically top rookie quarterback. Some statistics are there already and only require maintaining the status quo. Those are passing touchdowns, rushing yards per attempt, interceptions thrown and passing yards. Others require just a small improvement which would be passer rating, completion percentage and yards per pass attempt. The only one that needs significant improvement is the fumbles.

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