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Exploring One of Giants' Biggest Questions on Offense

Daniel Jones has been effective as a runner for the Giants when called upon. But given his injury history, is it worth it to continue deploying him on designed runs every week?

How much do the Giants use Daniel Jones, the runner?

That's one of the biggest questions facing the Giants offensive brain trust, according to The Athletic's Nate Tice in his article "Biggest questions facing each new NFL offensive play-caller in 2022."

Tice, who refers back to head coach Brian Daboll's time as the Bills offensive coordinator for clues on how often Jones might be deployed, noted that Buffalo's "most efficient and explosive run game came off designed quarterback run concepts for Josh Allen, using his athleticism to get to the outside or his excellent size as a battering ram between the tackles."

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But, as he also noted, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones "is several tiers below Allen as a player, but he does have size and speed in spades — especially when he can keep his feet." Tice concludes that "using Jones as a designed runner can help raise his floor as a player, and pairing him with a potentially healthy Saquon Barkley could lead to fun play design opportunities for the creative Daboll."

So should the Giants throw caution to the wind and look to incorporate Jones into the running game in some capacity every week?

Let's explore the question and the factors in more detail.

Oct 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is helped onto the cart after an injury in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) juggles the ball during voluntary minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
May 13, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (17) practices a drill during rookie camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Oct 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is pressured by linebacker Micah Parsons (11) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws during organized team activities (OTAs) at the training center in East Rutherford on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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