“I’AM LEAVING” After sex years with the New York Giants, NFL quarterback Daniel Jones announced that he will leave the team due to…

It was as if the Giants drafted Daniel Jones all over again this past Thursday night, even if Jones was nowhere near the stage at Cadillac Square in Detroit.

Oh, sure. The Giants drafted Jones all over again before they got around to taking the star LSU wide receiver, Malik Nabers, with the same No. 6 pick they once used on Jones. They did not move up to take one of the quarterbacks who went with the first three picks. They chose to pass on J.J. McCarthy, choosing to still ride with Jones. Again.

In so doing, they kicked the can down the road one final time with Jones, hoping against hope as they did that it doesn’t turn out to be a tomato can. That’s not the way to root, for sure. Jones has never done anything to make you root against him. I grew up a Giants fan, and still hope every year is going to be the one for the Duke guy.

“We do feel Daniel can play,” John Mara said the day Joe Schoen was introduced as the new Giants general manager, replacing Dave Gettleman, the general manager who selected Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 draft. “We’ve done everything possible to screw this kid up.”

Here is what Schoen said that January day two years ago:

“I know [Jones] is a great kid. I’ve talked to him, the kid has physical ability. There’s not anybody in this building who has said a bad word about his work ethic, passion, desire to win. The kid has talent, physical ability. He’s got arm strength, he’s athletic, he can run.”

Then he showed all of that when the Giants went on the road and won their first postseason game since they beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl of February 2012. Jones got paid right after that, is still getting paid, next season he’s going to be paid $36 million to be the Giants quarterback for a sixth season.

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