Daniel Jones is the starting quarterback of the New York Giants, but that apparently won't stop head coach Brian Daboll from giving some first-team reps in practice to Tyrod Taylor this offseason.
"Yeah, he'll get, as we get going here in terms of preseason games, we'll talk about whatever we think is best," Daboll said, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN. "But I have full confidence in Daniel. And I have full confidence in Tyrod in what his role is. Each day we sit there and evaluate the guys, but will he get a few reps here or there? He might."
While Taylor potentially seeing first-team reps combined with the fact that New York declined the fifth-year option on Jones' rookie deal could certainly lead to speculation about a quarterback controversy, the head coach was quick to shut that down.
"Absolutely not," Daboll said. "I learned from a pretty good coach a while ago. Usually, he doesn't tell those guys when he throws them in, because that is what the backup job's role is. You have to go in in a split second and prepare as if you're the starter. Fourth play of the game something happens, you're in and you have to be ready to go. I don't think we'll necessarily tell those guys when it will happen."
This is a prove-it year for Jones as he enters the final season of his contract.
The Giants appeared to make him the quarterback of the future when they selected him with the No. 6 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft, but he is just 12-25 as a starter through three seasons. He threw for 24 touchdowns as a rookie, but that number dropped to 11 in his second season and 10 in his third.
Jones did miss six games last season, which may illustrate why the Giants could look to get Taylor some first-team reps ahead of the 2022 campaign.
They could do much worse in terms of backup quarterbacks than Taylor, who is 26-25-1 in his career while suiting up for the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers and Houston Texans.
He was a Pro Bowler in 2015 with Buffalo and is someone who can use his legs to make a play if needed.
Jones and Taylor each played in the preseason opener against the New England Patriots with the former going 6-of-10 for 69 yards and the latter going 13-of-21 for 129 yards and one touchdown in the 23-21 win.
Now they both might have the chance to work with the first team in practice even if there is a clear-cut starter in place.