Daniel Jones officially began his first day of work with the New York Giants as rookie mini-camp started in East Rutherford on Friday.
The Giants' sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft was introduced to the media and spoke for the first time since he was being drafted.
Here are the takeaways from what he had to say:
Ignoring the backlash
The Giants' selection of Jones has come with heavy scrutiny as many believed the Giants reached for him with the sixth overall pick in the draft. GM Dave Gettleman has gone to great lengths attempting to defend that decision and while it has been the talk of the town for the last week, Jones is trying to tune it out.
"It'd be hard to be completely unaware of that stuff," Jones said. "But I don't focus on it. There's a lot to focus on, a lot to learn. Being here, learning the offense, learning to pick up a lot of stuff. Not sure I can afford to focus on that."
Learning from Eli
Jones will have big shoes to fill as the heir apparent to Eli Manning but he is fully embracing the chance to have the two-time Super Bowl champion as his mentor.
"I spoke to him on the phone Friday," Jones said. "He congratulated me. Told me he was excited to be teammates. I certainly share that same feeling. I'm looking forward to spend some time with him. Huge opportunity to learn from a guy like that."
Jones continued on a follow-up on what he can learn: "A lot of it is in his routine. ... He's played that long and had that success, he certainly has a routine and there's a reason he's had that success. To me it's watching him every day and learning from what he does every day and how he prepares himself, how he prepares every week, just be able to watch that and learn from that."
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Waiting his turn
Many quarterbacks who are chosen as high as Jones was taken usually get the chance to either start right away or take over at some point in their rookie season. Gettleman has made it clear he will, at the very least, spend a season under Manning's wing before taking over as the starting quarterback which is totally fine with Jones.
"I wanted to be in New York," he said. "Through the process this was place I wanted to be. I felt like I connected with the staff and really enjoyed my time with them. I haven't thought about [starting] a lot. I just wanted to be here. I'm thrilled."
Advice from Peyton
Not only does Jones know Eli through his college coach, David Cutcliffe, but he has also gotten the opportunity to develop a relationship with Peyton Manning, too. While he has not spoken to the elder Manning recently, he did receive some advice from him when he was making his decision to go pro, which he believes still applies.
"His advice was whatever decision you make, whatever you do, people are going to criticize it," Jones said. "Your job is to prove them right or prove them wrong. So I think that's still relevant advice."
Super Bowls or bust
Jones understands what the goals are of being a quarterback with the New York Giants and ultimately wants to duplicate the success Eli has had with the Giants.
"The goal is certainly to win Super Bowls," he said. "No doubt about it. Goal is to win multiple Super Bowls like Eli has. Mr. Gettleman, coach Shurmur, Mr. Mara, Mr. Tisch all expect that."
Ready for New York spotlight
Jones has already gotten a taste of it as he makes the move from Duke football to being a quarterback for the New York Giants but believes his personality will help him handle it.
"If you can be calm, if you can be steady in your demeanor I think you can handle this," he said. "Part of the job and certainly excited for this."