It was worse than you thought.
That is the revelation from Giants head coach Joe Judge, who said Monday the severity of the hamstring injury that caused quarterback Daniel Jones to miss two games last season would have kept almost every other NFL player off the field for much longer.
“Look, Daniel is the last guy that’s going to use anything as an excuse,’’ Judge said on ESPN 98.7FM NY radio. “What I would say about the injury last year is it was much more serious than maybe people thought on the outside. I would say probably 90 percent of players in the league who would have had that injury, including quarterbacks, would have been on IR for the remainder of the year. That’s just the reality of it.
“It was much more severe than maybe he allowed people to know or the information that was put out there, and we’re going to protect our players by not disclosing everything about their injuries, to be honest with you. He fought through a lot of things. He earned a lot of people’s respect.’’
Jones hurt his hamstring in the Week 11 victory over the Bengals. He did not play the following week, as Colt McCoy stepped in and the Giants beat the Seahawks in Seattle. Jones returned in Week 13 and was ineffective in a loss to the Cardinals, exacerbating the hamstring issue. He sat out the Week 14 loss to the Browns and returned to start the final two games.
The Giants know this is a huge year up ahead for Jones, and they added offensive playmakers in receiver Kenny Golladay in free agency and receiver Kadarius Toney in the first round of the NFL draft.
“Obviously, this will be a big jump,’’ general manager Dave Gettleman said on WFAN. “This is the year, Year 2 to Year 3, that Daniel should really make a major stride.
“We’re looking forward to seeing him thrive.’’
The commitment to Jones remains resolute. Gettleman last week said “None of my business’’ when asked if he would reach out to the Packers about Aaron Rodgers, the disgruntled future Hall of Fame quarterback. Gettleman went on to say trading for Rodgers would cost “the mother lode’’ and added, “Oh, by the way, he’s 37.’’
A few days later, Gettleman on WFAN said “You explore everything,’’ when asked if he would inquire about Rodgers. Do not take that as any sort of interest by the Giants.
“At the end of the day, we’ll make our decisions,’’ Gettleman said. “We believe in Daniel. I said that last week. It hasn’t changed. And we’ll just keep moving.’’
Does that belief preclude him from at least seeing what a deal for Rodgers would cost?
“I don’t want to talk hypotheticals,’’ Gettleman said.
The Packers have stated they will not trade Rodgers.
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