Sam Darnold knows exactly what Daniel Jones will go through this season. He did it just a year ago.
Darnold, the third overall draft pick by the Jets last year, had a ton of expectations on his plate before he even took a practice snap. The USC product was viewed as the savior for the Jets at the quarterback position, and he was thrown right into the fire as a rookie after earning the starting role out of training camp.
Jones doesn't have the exact same case as Darnold entering his first training camp this week. However, he is viewed as the man who will take over once Eli Manning hangs up his cleats. With the Giants still taking him sixth overall, that expectation is still very high, and public perception of the pick overall adds to the pressure even more.
But Darnold has some advice for Jones, something he learned quickly when he started his professional career.
"If I were to say anything to Daniel, I'd just say, 'Keep your head down and work, and be yourself, because if you do that, no one's gonna say anything about you and if you don't make headlines, you'll be all right,' " Darnold told The Post's Steve Serby.
Jones will have a bright spotlight on him when camp kicks off, as many want to see what he will bring to the table in practice and preseason games. The Duke product will be soaking in as much as he can from Manning this season, watching closely at how the veteran carries himself as well as dissecting the playbook.
He may not be in the high-pressure situations that Darnold had on his plate every week last season. But Jones could find himself on the field if the Giants' season doesn't go according to plan.