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Justin Herbert Rumors: Giants Researching QB; Drafted Daniel Jones in 2019

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2020

Quarterback Justin Herbert works out during Oregon's football pro day in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, March 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Collin Andrew)
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The New York Giants may not be totally sold on Daniel Jones as their quarterback of the future. 

Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported the Giants have met with Oregon's Justin Herbert via FaceTime as they do "exhaustive" research on what to do with the No. 4 overall pick.

Taking Herbert would be a major surprise, but it wouldn't be unprecedented. The Arizona Cardinals selected Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft a year after selecting Josh Rosen in the first round. 

Jones, the No. 6 pick in last year's draft, was inconsistent at best during his rookie season. He threw for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns against 12 interceptions, completing 61.9 percent of his passes. The numbers are worse when factoring in his NFL-high 18 fumbles, and his week-to-week play was subject to high variance.

Thirteen of Jones' 24 touchdown passes came in three games. In his nine other starts, Jones threw just 11 touchdowns. 

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who took flak for taking Jones earlier than most expected, backed the Duke product after the season.

"We really believed in Daniel—we didn't know he'd come that fast," Gettleman told reporters. "Again, you're talking about a kid that played at Duke in the ACC. And, like I said, we had taken him at six—(but) we just didn't realize he'd come that fast."

Selecting Herbert would shake up the entire complexion of Round 1. The Giants were considered more likely to be a potential trade partner for teams looking to move up for a quarterback, rather than taking one themselves. In the event Herbert goes No. 4, it could create a surprise bidding war for the No. 5 pick if the Miami Dolphins are not sold on Tua Tagovailoa. 

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