Meet Jones and Berkeley.
Meet Berkeley and Jones.
You need each other.
Of course,Daniel JonesandSake One Berkeleyknow each other well. After all, they've been teammates for the last three years and certainly haven't had time to lose, if not borrowed time, and are embarking on the 2022 season. They are both in the final year of their contract. If Jones does well in the quarterback, Berkeley is more likely to return to a dynamic rookie form. The better Berkeley runs and catches the ball on the back, the more free and easy Jones can feel and perform in his pocket.
"I'm not saying I'm putting pressure on me to do this," Berkeley said on Friday. "I know what I can do. I know what I can do. If I can go out and do what I can, I feel like everyone, not just Daniel.
"If we all go out there, if we all go out there and do what we can, it will ease the lives of each of us. We had to come every day, keep the playbook down and keep working. All the work we put in will be rewarded later. "
It's a whole new attack for both players, as a quarterback Jones is particularly challenging as he seeks to study and absorb the system nuances brought to the Giants by head coach Brian Dabol and attack coordinator Mike Kafka. They will need time for it to work.
In the past, Jones was a bystander for most of the preseason, but he had to actually go out on the field and tackle the first attack in at least two of the three exhibition games. There may be. There are numerous opportunities to find out what Jones can do with live defense wearing something other than the Giants color. One such opportunity took place on Friday night at the Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium as part of the Fanfest event. There are three pre-season games and joint practice with Jets. Live personnel are needed for Jones to feel ready for the opening round on September 11th in Tennessee.
"I'm excited about them Opportunity, "Jones said. "There's a lot we need to keep working and progressing. The preseason is an opportunity to do that, and the game situation gives us the opportunity to prepare for the game. Obviously at the same level. It's not a game plan, but we'll prepare for it and try to run it in a live situation. "
Dabol is unlikely to expose Berkeley to heavy physical contact. .. Running backs need to be hit several times in the summer, but Berkeley is finally getting healthy, and Dabol mentioned this week how his number one back looks explosive in the practice field.
"I will do whatever the coach asks me to do," Berkeley said. "That's how you become a leader and a team player in practice, pre-season games, and co-practice. Just work on your skills. Get better every day, lower your conditioning, and 17 games of the season. Get ready for the game. ”
Jones rarely plays in a full match against the real Sake One Berkeley. Jones' first career start, the third week in Tampa Bay in 2019, was a game in which Berkeley suffered a high ankle sprain in the first half. He missed the next three games and was never right after returning. The following season, Berkeley went out for a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament in the second week. In 2021, Berkeley stepped off in Dallas, his ankles swelled, and he was in shape by the fifth week when he missed the next four games.
Berkeley is finally in perfect health this summer.
"Yes, it was fun to see him work," Jones said. "Obviously, we've done a lot of training together this offseason. How hard he's working to make sure he's ready to roll back this time of the year. I'm not surprised that he seemed to start the camp. I'm excited to be able to work with him. He obviously runs the ball and plays with him in space. He brings a lot to our attacks. He's an explosive player, a smart player, and a really hard-working guy. From a quarterback perspective, it's always fun to work with.
Berkeley's fun this season benefits Jones and vice versa.