Daniel Jones’ intensity as a franchise quarterback has gone far beyond yelling “Catch the ball!” at wide receiver Marcus Johnson last Sunday in Jacksonville.

Jones’ heated exchange in the fourth quarter with QB coach Shea Tierney and head coach Brian Daboll appeared to be because Jones replaced offensive coordinator Mike Kafka play on the line and called his number for the kickoff QB a sneaky touchdown.

Jones told the Daily News he saw a “good look” to dive from 1-yard line instead of giving the ball away. And he assured Tierney and Dabol on the sidelines afterward that he trusted what he saw.

Jones said the gist of their conversation was that “we were all glad we scored.”

“Daniel did a good job,” Kafka said Thursday. “We got called for a run, and those guys took it upon themselves to sneak in there, on the inch line. It was a good job when they were footballers.’

Tierney said on Friday Jones’ sound was a ‘good thing’ because it “shows how comfortable he is and what he wants. He’s comfortable saying what he wants, and that’s fine. We build that trust through the whole offense.”

Obviously, the most surprising part of the backstage conversation was how Daboll pushed Tierney out of the way to talk to Jones. Turns out both Tierney and Dabol wanted to compliment Jones on his “good decision,” according to Dabol.

Dabol said he wanted to speak with Jones himself before switching the headset to the defense.

“I don’t think either of us understood until we said the same thing,” Tierney said.

“He had a great drive,” Tierney said of Jones. “I knew he had come to tell us what had happened. We all already knew he had a great game. So I tried to talk him out of the explanation [like], “Hey, I don’t want an explanation. It was a great job.” Then I felt a push, got out of the way, let it go [Daboll] do what he needs to do and then we’ll move on to the next thing.”

Tierney said the Giants encourage Jones to improvise. As for Dabol, who beat him, Tierney said, “He’s the head coach.”

“I said [Daboll], “Hey, I already told him good job, so I know you wanted to be the first, but I said what I had to say. So I just got out of the way,” Tierney said with a laugh. “He can do it. He is the head coach. So as soon as you notice who it is, you’re like, “Oh, okay, yeah, I’ll get out of the way.”

Dabol said Monday, “It was really positive.”


Rookie left guard Josh Ezeoudou is expected to start Sunday against the Seahawks in place of the injured Ben Bredesen, meaning Ezeoudou will be responsible for center John Feliciano’s push to run the Giants’ silent count in a notoriously noisy stadium. That’s one extra responsibility on a rookie’s plate. But the Giants don’t think it’s too much for him. It’s essentially Jones reading signals and reacting to alert Feliciano, and if anything, they think the added responsibility could help the young player settle into a hostile environment

Tyree Phillips is expected to start in place of the injured Evan Neal

Lineman Nick Gates “probably” will be active Sunday, Daboll said, but Gates strangely and uncharacteristically did not do a group media interview all week after the exciting announcement that he had been activated from the PUP list to the active list.

Wide receivers coach Mike Groh would not comment on the trade of Kadarius Toney to Kansas City. “We wish Kadarius well with the Chiefs. He is no longer playing for us, so I have nothing more to add,” said Groh. “I understand the questions, but that’s all I can say about him.”

The latest GIANTS injury report

OUT: Evan Neal (knee), G Ben Bredeson (knee), TE Daniel Bellinger (eye), WR Kenny Golladay (knee), LB Oshan Ximinez (quad), CB Cor’Dale Flott (calf).

QUESTIONABLE: T Tyree Phillips (toe), S Jason Pinnock (foot), DL Leonard Williams (elbow).


OUT: LB Nick Belor (concussion)

DOUBTFUL: WR Penny Hart (hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE: WR DK Metcalf (knee), WR Tyler Lockett (hamstring), G Gabe Jackson (thigh/knee), CB Sidney Jones IV (groin), DE Poona Ford (ankle), G Phil Haynes (concussion), OLB Darrell Taylor (groin)