Daniel Jones and the Giants hope that bigger is better.
No one knows for sure when Jones will actually hit the field for a training camp practice. At the earliest, it will be in late July, perhaps later if the coronavirus continues to intrude and disturb. Every time Jones finally starts his second season in the NFL, he will look something different, if you look closely.
“It will look more fragmented,” Anthony Boone told The Post.
Boone, an employee of the well-known quarterback training and development company QB Country, has worked hard this offseason with Jones and seen the results of overtime reaching the weights. Jones, a statuesque 6-foot-5-foot, weighed 220 pounds as a rookie. He didn’t really look skinny; more finely framed.
Daniel Jones 2.0 is closer to 230 pounds. Boone did not see Jones climb onto a scale recently, but estimates he gained as much as eight pounds. Now, reporting weight gain during the COVID-19 pandemic is as noticeable as noticing humidity in the summer and wind chill in the winter. For Jones, however, this was part of the plan. He lived at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his parents, two sisters, and a brother, and he was obviously able to rub elbows at the table aggressive enough to ingest what he needed to gain weight.
“He’s done a good job putting together a good physique,” Boone said. “At the end of the day, he wanted to get stronger and have a little more meat on his bones, but he was still able to run, move, and be on the field all the time. No ‘I have put on too much weight and now I am short of breath.’ His thing was to make sure he could stay mobile, agile, and be on the field all the time. ”
Boone, like Jones, a former Duke quarterback, said Jones “didn’t eat a lot of trash” and smartly gained weight, increasing his lifting regimen to get bigger and stronger. After those sweaty launch sessions under the North Carolina sun, you can see the results of Jones’ efforts.
“When he is out there and he takes off his shirt or wears a cut or whatever, you can physically say he has improved,” Boone said. “He is taking care of his body, for sure.
“He really worked a little bit to make sure he is a professional athlete and that he takes care of his body.” He is doing everything right. ”
There is more to this than appearing fond of the beach. Jones displayed his athletic prowess in his first NFL start, running seven yards for the game-winning touchdown with 1:16 remaining in Week 3 in Tampa. Throughout his first NFL season, Jones displayed mobility, the ability to escape pressure, and toughness. He also lost the ball 18 times, losing possession of the Giants 11 times, and missed two games related to a high ankle sprain. Stronger and bulkier is never a bad thing, as long as it doesn’t reduce movement and flexibility.
Jones turned 23 on May 27 and her body will naturally fill up. I wanted to speed up the pace. Eli Manning in 2004 came to the Giants as a 6 foot 5 inch 220 pound rookie and the idea at the time was that he could use it to add some weight. He never did. Manning retired after the 2019 season at £ 218. In fact, he looked slimmer and fitter when he left than when he arrived 16 years earlier.
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Boone is the only Duke quarterback to put together consecutive nine-win seasons and is the most winning quarterback in the school’s history, with 19 starting wins (Jones is 17). Boone, Jones, and David Morris are disciples of David Cutcliffe, who trained Boone and Jones at Duke and Morris at Ole Miss. Morris operates Mobile, Alabama-based QB Country, and Boone estimates that he has worked with Jones at least 20 times this spring. and summer in Charlotte.
The added weight has already produced tangible results.
“For one, as a quarterback, being able to take a little bit better shots: You have a little bit more muscle and you’re a little bit heavier,” Boone said. “You put on that muscle mass means you’re seeing a little bit more momentum in your legs on some pitches.” More speed OR being able to push the ball down the field a little more.
“Those little gains, everyone wants to be able to gain good muscle mass and good weight and still maintain the same speed and workload on the soft tissues and the joints and the ankles and the knees, to be able to maintain and handle it. I think who did a good job with that. ”
The results will be seen starting this summer, when the more muscular Daniel Jones hopes to show bigger is, in fact, better.