Daniel Stephen Jones III was born on May 27, 1997, he is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Duke and was selected sixth overall by the Giants in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Jones attended Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina. During his high school career, he had 6,997 passing yards and 98 touchdowns. Despite these numbers, Jones was barely recruited coming out of high school and was not ranked by Rivals.com.
Jones originally committed to Princeton University to play college football, but then opted to become a walk-on at Duke University.
After redshirting his first year at Duke in 2015, Jones became the starting quarterback in his sophomore season in 2016 after quarterback Thomas Sirk suffered a season-ending injury. Jones started all 12 games, completing 270 of 430 passes (62.8%) for 2,836 yards, sixteen touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
In April 2022, the Giants declined Jones’s fifth-year option for 2023. In the season opener against the Tennessee Titans, Jones threw for 188 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the 21–20 comeback win.
In Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers, Jones completed 21 passes out of 27 attempts, threw for 217 yards, and rushed for 37 yards with 10 carries in an upset win. In Week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars Jones threw for 202 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 107 yards becoming the first Giants QB to record 100 rush yards in a game since Frank Filchock in 1946 in the 23-17 win. As a result of his performance, Jones was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 7.
Daniel Jones signed a 4 year, $25,664,056 contract with the New York Giants, including a $16,684,768 signing bonus, $25,664,056 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,416,014. In 2022, Jones will earn a base salary of $965,000 and a roster bonus of $3,229,644, while carrying a cap hit of $8,365,836 and a dead cap value of $8,180,836.