Daniel Jones gets first NFL start against Tampa Bay
The New York Giants are going to hand over the controls of their offense to rookie Daniel Jones, who they picked with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 draft. Jones from Duke is going to get his first start this week against the Tampa Bay Bucs.
But realistically he will play the part of the Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy will be Saquon Barkley. As Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said “For us, we’ve got to stop Number 26. It all starts and ends with him. Then we’ll try to contain the quarterback because he’s a heck of a lot more mobile than the other guy.” Arians in talking about Barkley said “He’s got more 50-yard runs than anybody I’ve seen in a long time.”
Of course, the “other guy” he was referring to is long time Giants qb and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning who has been the Giants starting qb since his rookie season in 2004.
The Giants have struggled on both sides of the ball so far in 2019 and are 0-2. The offense is averaging 420 yards per game but have only been able to score 2 touchdowns in their 35-17 loss to Dallas in Week 1 and 2 touchdowns in their 28-14 loss to Buffalo in Week 2.
Jones played well in the preseason completing 29 of 34 passes for 416 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. Jones biggest shortcoming so far in the NFL has been a propensity to fumble. He had 3 fumbles in the preseason and another one in mop up minutes against Dallas in Week 1.
The game will be at 4:05 pm EST in Tampa on Sunday with the Bucs favored by 6.5 points with a total of 47.5.
Josh Rosen will get his first start at the helm of the Miami Dolphins in Week 3
The Arizona Cardinals traded Rosen, who they selected with the 10th overall pick in 2018, to the Dolphins one day after they selected Kyler Murray with the Number 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
Rosen gets his first start for the Dolphins, replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick who started the first two games of the season. With the Dolphins losing 59-10 to Baltimore in Week 1 and 43-0 to New England in Week 2 first year head coach Brian Flores is desperately trying to generate some offense. In Week 2 against New England Rosen came off of the bench to complete 7 of 18 passes for 97 yards and an interception. However, he had two long throws right on the money that were dropped by his receivers.
After the game Rosen said “I just wanted to go in and provide some kind of positive for us. They put me out there to try and throw touchdown passes, so that’s what I tried to do. It’s all a learning experience. I threw some good one and some bad ones.”
Dolphin GM Chris Grier said of Rosen on Tuesday “He said he has learned more here in the past couple of months than he has his whole career. For him, having someone like Fitz to mentor him and to be that kind of veteran influence to help him has been great.”