Daniel Jones cannot run.
That, essentially, is what he said Wednesday as the Giants look ahead to Sunday’s win-and-possibly-in-the-playoffs game against the Cowboys.
Jones, still dealing with the after-effects of a strained right hamstring and sprained left ankle, moved better in last week’s 27-13 loss to the Ravens, but ran the ball only one time, a non-designed 3-yard scramble. Jones was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and is no longer is listed as having an ankle injury.
It was generally assumed he is healing and that his legs would be a bigger part of the offense this weekend.
“I’ll continue to work with the trainers and trust that program,’’ Jones said. “I’ve played from the pocket the past couple of weeks and I expect to continue to do that until I’m healthy.”
Until he is healthy?
“I feel good, I feel healthy,” Jones said, before revealing more about his injuries than ever before. “I think you can tell from the tape I can’t do a lot the same things I’m used to doing. I’ll continue to work to improve but for the time being I’ll probably have to adjust the way I’ve played and I’ve been doing that the past few weeks.”
Jones got hurt in the Nov. 29 victory in Cincinnati and did not play the next week, an upset victory in Seattle, with Colt McCoy starting at quarterback. In the first 11 games, Jones ran with the ball 55 times for 403 yards, making a significant contribution to the ground game. He did not run at all in the loss to the Cardinals and only that one time in Baltimore.
“I expect the game plan and what I’m asked to do to be fairly similar to what it’s been these past few weeks,” Jones said.
That means no designed runs – unless Jones is trying to lay a trap on the Cowboys. That means an important part of the Giants’ offense will not be present at MetLife Stadium for the regular-season finale.
“We got a lot of ways to run the ball, we got really good runners, guys we can get into space and make plays,” Jones said. “I’m not sure it limits us a whole lot.”
Jones when healthy is never reluctant to take off. He knows he cannot do it and thus must curb his natural instincts.
“Certainly it’s something I have to be aware of with my mobility and what I can do and something I’m cognizant of playing the game,’’ Jones said. “How I played these past couple of weeks, kinda of gotten used to it.
“Certainly haven’t been as involved in the run game, certain areas getting out of the pocket and running, scrambling, things like that. But I feel good, feel a lot better and I’ll continue to work with the trainers to improve.’’
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