NFC Notes: Cowboys, Giants, Washington


Giants HC Joe Judge saw improvement in QB Daniel Jones this past season, despite what his critics feel may have been a year marred by regression.

I kind of see it a little bit different,” he said, via SNY. “I saw a lot of obvious improvement as the year went on.

Judge’s defense of Jones goes far beyond talent and potential, he believes what the QB put on tape last year was an obvious improvement.

When we got ready to play that last game against Dallas and you turn on the tape and watch that first game against them (from Oct. 11), you’re like ‘Geez, we’ve come so far,’” Judge explained. “We’re far away from where we need to be and we’re not a finished product. However, that was the moment going into the last game of the regular season last year you could see it and say ‘OK.’ You could tangibly see a lot of improvement in how he handles every play.

Judge’s review of Jones goes far beyond statistics. Only one thing matters to him, winning. He also noted gradual improvements in decision making, confidence, and other areas of the game that sometimes only coaches and players notice.

I don’t measure any success by any kind of statistics,” Judge said. “To me the only stat that matters is wins and losses. He’s got to obviously touch the ball every play. He’s got to help the players around him by just doing his job. Look, I’m pleased at the rate he’s growing right now.

Jones second half of the season was an improvement in the sense that he didn’t turn the ball over nearly as often, only throwing one interception in his final six games. He also lost two fumbles.

You kind of cut the season in half and you look at our team and how we improved at not shooting ourselves in the foot,” Judge said. “You look at things like turnovers and the difference between the first eight games and the last eight games. I obviously saw a lot of improvement.

  • Judge mentioned the entire coaching staff is vaccinated. (Art Stapleton)


  • Washington HC Ron Rivera vented about the team’s low vaccination rate: “I’m truly frustrated, I’m beyond frustrated. I’m immune deficient, and with this new variant, who knows.” (JP Finlay)
  • Rivera added he doesn’t want to force anyone into a vaccination: “I think the big thing really is to have individual conversations. I’m not going to tell anyone what to do. … I hope we can get to these guys, to help them understand it’s not just to them, but also the folks around them.” (Nicki Jhabvala)
  • Rivera mentioned he wants to have a pretty standard QB competition between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke: “We’ll make sure everyone gets reps. … This year, it’s going to be pretty much normal in terms of competition.” (Matthew Paras)
  • The Washington Football Team worked out DL Bunmi Rotimi and DE Anree Saint-Amour. (Aaron Wilson)

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