The Facts: Joe Judge turned around and pointed to a wall in the Indiana Convention Center on Tuesday. “Our depth chart is on that board right there right now,” the new head coach of the Giants declared. The wall was empty. And no matter how much reporters pried and contorted their questions regarding any of the players on the team, there was nothing to hear. Even when he Judge was asked about Jones’ status. Especially when Judge was asked about Jones’ status. And that was his point. “No one’s got a spot,” Judge declared.
Diehards Line: Does that mean that the Giants are abandoning ship on Jones after just one season? Could the Giants use a top six pick on a quarterback for the second straight year? Are the Giants receivers who have been working out with Jones this offseason wasting their time? Hardly. As Newsday's Tom Rock explained, because the Giants’ insistence on not publicly crowning Jones as their starting quarterback, their franchise quarterback, or even a member of their 2020 roster, had nothing to do with Jones. And the most likely scenario -- to the point of calling it a near certainty -- is that barring an injury Jones will be the Giants’ starter on opening day in September. Tuesday’s stand, therefore, was more about sticking to the core beliefs that Judge has brought to the Giants. It was about his philosophy that no individual player is more or less important than any other. It was about Judge speaking to the locker room and the entire roster a month and a half before the team will first assemble to hear him in person on April 6 at the start of the offseason program. It was also the first real glimpse into the way that Nick Saban and Bill Belichick have shaped his thinking. “I’m not going to establish any status or hierarchy within the player or position groups by spending a month talking about individuals,” Judge said. “That’s important to me.” And what if Jones takes the comments as a slight? “He'll understand over time how much we’re going to support all of the players,” Judge said confidently. “They’ll all understand that.”