The Facts: Jones had an encouraging rookie season, but his handling of the football before he throws is worthy of hand wringing. Jones fumbled the ball 18 times as a rookie. During the pandemic and resulting stay-at-home orders, Jones has been focusing more on ball security than anything else. He told reporters Wednesday he's doing different drills and emphasizing "mindfulness," per NFL Network's Kimberly Jones, calling the problem "a simple fix."
Diehards Line:Jones shouldn't feel alone in this battle to take better care of the rock. Of course, the dream scenario is no fumbles at all, but in a league that emphasizes both passing and pass-rushing, it's bound to happen a few times. The hope is Jones cuts way back on the turnovers. Offensive line has a lot to do with this, and Giants general manager Dave Gettleman invested in it, selecting tackle Andrew Thomas with fourth-overall pick in last month's draft. Comfort also might help Jones better approach his mental preparation and performance. With Eli Manning now retired, it'll likely be less awkward for Jones, who conceded it was probably a little strained working together in 2019. Manning admitted as much last week and said he thinks Jones could benefit from being the undisputed quarterback in charge in 2020. We'll see if that helps him hold onto the ball better.