The New York Giants could really use starting quarterback Daniel Jones in their big game against the Ravens on Sunday, but at this point, his availability remains a mystery.
Jones missed last weekend’s 20-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns with the double whammy of a tweaked hamstring and sprained ankle. The Giants’ offense sputtered. That offense needs Jones now more than ever because another loss could close the door on their playoff hopes.
So will Jones play this Sunday in Baltimore? Well, Giants coach Joe Judge doesn’t yet have an answer.
Per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv, Judge has received “good feedback” on Jones from the team’s trainers, but has not yet made a decision on whether he will play. Judge wants to see how he moves around during practice for the next few days and hopes to have “some kind of answer” on Friday.
If Jones can’t go, the QB responsibilities will again fall on veteran Colt McCoy, who has been a mixed bag so far. McCoy was great in a crucial road win over the Seattle Seahawks a few weeks back, but was just so-so against the Browns.
The Giants and Ravens both really need a win this weekend. The Giants (5-9) have struggled mightily, but are just a game behind Washington for first place in the NFC East. A 7-9 record will probably be enough to win that division. Nobody in the NFC Least can finish better than 8-8.
Meanwhile, the Ravens are 9-5 and on the bubble of the AFC playoff picture. They will basically need to win each of their final two games.
So while Jones sure isn’t Patrick Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers, his status for this weekend looms large. Without him, the Giants could be toast.