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Giants coach on QB Daniel Jones: 'He's making progress'

Thu May 23 1:46pm ET
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New York Giants coach Brian Daboll said Thursday that he is encouraged by what he has seen from Daniel Jones as the quarterback works his way back from a torn ACL.

Daboll, however, noted that they plan to take it slow with Jones, who has participated in 7-on-7 drills and individual assignments this week.

"He looks good," Daboll said. "We're not putting him in some team stuff, but he's making progress so that's why we got him in 7-on-7."

When asked if Jones is on target to be ready for training camp, Daboll opted to focus on the present as opposed to looking toward the future.

"We'll take it day by day and when he can do more, we'll put him in more," Daboll said.

Jones, who turns 27 on Monday, had season-ending surgery on his right knee in late November after sustaining the injury in New York's 30-6 loss at Las Vegas on Nov. 5.

"I think to continue day by day with the process," Jones said. "I think I'm in a good spot. Obviously the goal is to be ready to go by the first day of training camp. I'm gonna push to be ready as soon as possible. I think we have a good plan. I have a lot of trust and faith in our trainers and coaches."

Jones, who signed a four-year, $160 million contract last offseason, finished with two touchdown passes and six interceptions in six games in 2023. He also missed three games with a neck injury.

Jones is 22-36-1 as a starter with 62 touchdown passes and 40 picks in 60 games (59 starts) since being selected by the Giants with the No. 6 overall pick in 2019 NFL Draft.

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