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Who Will Be the Giants’ Week 1 Starter? Daniel Jones or Drew Lock?

The New York Giants have been dealing with a potential quarterback controversy, which has become a headline story in every major news outlet in New York. That led BetUS to post NFL odds on which QB will start Week 1.

It is easy to find examples of how the media can shift the NY fanbase’s perspective. Last season, when Daniel Jones suffered an ACL injury, his backup Tyrod Taylor got hurt, leading to Tommy DeVito‘s rise. While DeVito is the least talented quarterback of the three, he did go 3-3 in his starts, leading to the fanbase and media getting behind him.

Who Will Be the Giants' Week 1 Starter? Daniel Jones or Drew Lock?
Drew Lock #2 of the Seattle Seahawks/Steph Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

On top of that, when Jones signed a four-year contract worth $160 million last off-season, just about everyone thought it was an overpay. That, mixed with Jones’s injury and DeVito’s rise, led New York media to start dreaming about a new starting quarterback. The draft was the perfect opportunity for the Giants to select their future quarterback, but instead, they signed a free agent to challenge Jones for the starting job in Drew Lock.

 

Jones a Lock for Starting Job? QB Odds Heavily Favor Him

Despite all the controversy around the starting job at quarterback, the betting outlook seems pretty straightforward. Right now, Jones is a massive favorite to be the Week 1 starter, with his odds at -500. Even though we are in May and a long way from Week 1, Jones is still the clear front-runner.

For one, the Giants have invested a lot of money on him. Before the start of last season, the Giants signed Jones to a massive contract, paying him over $40 million over the next three seasons. The Giants do have a potential opt-out after the second year of the contract, but still, even in 2024, Jones is owed $47 million. If Jones is not injured, based on what he is being paid, there is a good chance he will be on the field in Week 1.

On top of that, it was only a short time ago that Jones proved he was worth the money. Sure, Jones was not great in 2023, with a 1-5 record, but he was dealing with injuries, with his season ending in Week 9. However, 2022 was great for Jones. He led the Giants to the playoffs with a 9-6-1 record and won a playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. He passed for 3,205 yards and 15 touchdowns, plus running in seven scores, while only throwing five interceptions.

 

 

 


If Jones can look like he did in 2022 at any point during this offseason, he will be the starting quarterback. The major question mark is how physically healthy he will be, but all accounts show he will be ready to start Week 1. There will also be a better supporting cast around Jones, with a rebuilt offensive line and legitimate receiving threats.

 

Can the Backup Steal Giants QB Job?

The argument for Lock being the Week 1 starter is that he would be different than Jones, which would satisfy the media. Last season, the Giants did not have success with Jones as a starter, only winning one of the five games he finished. If Lock is impressive throughout the offseason program and in preseason, he could have a chance to challenge Jones. His odds to be the Week 1 starter are set at +300.

However, it would take a massive effort from Lock to unseat Jones. Lock was selected in the second round of the 2019 draft, the 42nd pick overall, having a solid rookie season with a 4-1 record in five starts for the Denver Broncos. But, when Lock was handed the starting job in 2020, he started 13 games with a 4-9 record, throwing for 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns, and a league-high 15 interceptions.

Lock lost the starting job in 2021, making only three starts at the end of the season. He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, not throwing a pass in 2022, and making four appearances in 2023, with two starts.

 

Jones Safe Bet Despite Competition

The Giants will likely have a legitimate competition for the starting quarterback job this season, but Jones will win. Too many factors support him. The Giants have also tried to build a better supporting cast around Jones, hoping he takes full advantage of it in 2024. So, if you’re interested in betting on who starts Week 1, Daniel Jones is the bet at the sportsbook.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Are the Giants going to be a playoff team in 2024?


After making the playoffs in 2022, last season was a quick reminder of the Giants’ overall issues. They are favored to miss the playoffs again, with their odds at -600, which makes sense

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