Giants gear up for Monday night matchup with the Steelers as the season gets underway
The NFL season is off and running after Thursday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans, but fans of the New York Giants will have to wait a few more days.
Quarterback Daniel Jones is entering his second year in the league, but first as the full-time starter. The quarterback was also named a team captain this year. He says his new leadership role is giving him confidence ahead of the Giants week one game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Being voted by your teammates is a tremendous honor,” says Jones. “It's something I don't take lightly at all and I appreciate the responsibility that the position comes with.”
For first year head coach Joe Judge, seeing Jones emerge as a vocal leader has been one of the more surprising developments of training camp.
“I think the thing that some people may miss on Daniel is he's quiet natured at times because he is not just up there spouting out,” says Judge. “He's not a quiet guy. Daniel, you get him going, you get him talking, you get him in the huddle, you get him around the guys, Daniel has a very big personality. He's a great dude.”
Jones says he's excited to show what this 2020 offense is capable of, with plenty of offensive weapons ready to go for Monday night.
“This is the first opportunity we have to show what we've been working on, to show what we can be, like you said, as an offense this season, and we're excited to do that,” says Jones. “They're a good defense. They have a lot of good players, a lot of good players coming back who played together. I know we'll be prepared for it and we're excited.
The Giants open up Monday night at MetLife Stadium, with kick off set for 7:10 p.m. The Jets’ season opener is Sunday in Buffalo against the Bills at 1 p.m.