Daniel Jones Goes #6 Overall to Giants!

Daniel Jones! As Duke fans, we knew of the talent he possessed and knew he would do well in the NFL (as well as impress the NFL scouts), but at least I never saw this coming! The Duke graduate and former quarterback was selected by the New York Giants as the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. It’s by far the highest a Duke product has gone since the ’80s.

We can all see, though, why New York wanted him: he is quite literally another Eli Manning. He was coached by David Cutcliffe, has a similar build, and is intelligent about the game. He’s incredibly tough; just about every season in the last 6+ years has been marred by an injury. He went unnoticed by colleges at first because of a wrist injury in high school. He was then, in his freshman season, suddenly thrust into the starting spot by not his own injury but that of Thomas Sirk, a rough season for the freshman, though understandably. Year before last he was injured throughout the season, especially in the stretch in which we lost six games in a row, but carried on through. Last year, he broke his collarbone against Northwestern but returned merely two weeks later. That’s a lot of injuries and yet Jones still emerged as one of the top prospects in the draft; everybody points to the numbers that would suggest that other quarterbacks are more skilled but there’s much more to the story.

New York is a rough place to be, and a lot of fans already disagree with general manager Dave Gettleman’s decision to pass on Josh Allen in order to get Jones instead of taking the quarterback at 17 (where he was likely to still remain). Jones may take a lot of heat before he steps on the field in a Giants uniform, but Duke fans know that Daniel Jones will not disappoint. I believe that he is a reliable future for a struggling franchise (though I’m terribly biased), and I hope others will join me soon. In the meantime, we wish Daniel the best of luck in the big leagues.

Duke Football is left with something of a void after Jones’ departure, as well as those of Joe Giles-Harris and Ben Humphreys. However, we’ve learned not to count out Coach Cutcliffe. Bleed blue.

Injury Report: Jones Out “Indefinitely”, Mark Gilbert Done for Season After Surgeries

Duke’s Mark Gilbert (28), who is out for the season, and Michael Carter II (26) embrace. Source: Zimbio

DURHAM, NC — Unfortunately, just happens in football. After yesterday’s win at Northwestern,¬†two of the star players for the Blue Devils, QB Daniel Jones and CB Mark Gilbert, are going to be out for a while: Gilbert is out for the season and Jones is out indefinitely, per WRAL Sports. Both underwent surgeries on Sunday, as Jones suffered a fractured collarbone while Gilbert suffered what has been described as a freak hip injury. Luckily, Coach David Cutcliffe said that Jones’s injury was not season-ending and thinks that it “will be a much shorter recovery”. Gilbert, an All-American candidate, is an enormous loss, of course, but Jones’s indefinite recovery is a spark of optimism for us. Junior Quentin Harris will need to step up as Jones’s backup in the coming weeks: Duke visits Baylor next Saturday before returning home to face NC Central and, subsequently, VA Tech, who looks to be one of our most formidable opponents this season. Bleed blue, Duke fans. Look on the bright side: our defense looked stout and our offense still has weapons. All is not lost!