Daniel Jones had two more costly turnovers in Monday night’s 25-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It increased his season total to 13 in eight games. It also fueled the doubt that he’s the franchise quarterback the Giants thought they drafted at No. 6 overall last year, even if he almost engineered a comeback with two fourth-down conversions and a dime to Golden Tate for a touchdown that made it a two-point game with 28 seconds remaining.
The Giants (1-7) still came up short, failing on a 2-point conversion pass to running back Dion Lewis that originally was flagged for pass interference. But after the officials met, they picked up the flag and the Giants suffered another demoralizing loss.
“Daniel is our quarterback,” coach Joe Judge said. “What we have to do is just make sure we keep improving everything around him and that we coach every player the same way. I told Daniel on both times the play happened, tonight I just told him to stay patient with it, stay committed with it, we’re going to need you down the stretch, we need you to make plays, and obviously on that final drive he made a lot of big plays for us. … We all have to hold ourselves accountable, the man next to us accountable.