One of the biggest stories to come out of a very rich event New York Giants the season was a phenomenon Daniel Jones. Jones went from not being an option to being nicknamed “Vanilla Vick” and the team most likely to franchise tag him. There are two stories about this development. The first is that the Giants missed a big opportunity to have another year of a QB on a rookie contract. The second is that New York is stuck with a quarterback who has a very visible, not very high, ceiling.
That got me thinking about possible candidates to be the next Danny Dimes, known as a signal-caller that fans aren’t sold on, but who could turn that around with the right coach. To qualify, there has to be a debate as to whether he’s that guy (which disqualifies Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts and Justin Herbert); he must have a legitimate chance to be a starter; and the QB must have more than one year in the league. (One season is too small for a sample size. Danny Dimes himself wasn’t a disaster after Year 1.)