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Daniel Jones 40 time: How fast is the Giants QB based on NFL Combine 40-yard dash?

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After a pair of shaky seasons, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones looks to have reestablished himself as the hurler of the present and future for Big Blue.

Jones made big strides as a thrower this year, bumping his competition percentage to 67.2% while dropping his interception rate to a league-low 1.1%. Still, the fourth-year starter isn’t called “Vanilla Vick” for nothing. He takes pride in his ability to tuck it and run, using his 6-foot-5 frame to evade pressure.

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Jones is one of the league’s most dangerous dual-threat QBs. But just how fast is the 25-year-old? And how does he compare to some of the league’s other track stars who happen to throw the ball for a living? The Sporting News fills you in on everything you need to know about Jones, including his rather pedestrian 40-yard dash time.

Daniel Jones’ 40 time

Heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, Jones was among the most talked-about players in college football. He showcased some decent wheels in addition to a precise arm, racking up 17 rushing touchdowns in three seasons at Duke.

That speed was expected to translate to the NFL straight away. But when he was clocked for his 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, the reading wasn’t particularly pretty.

Jones ran his 40 in 4.81 seconds. That’s not slow, by any means. However, it doesn’t hold a candle to the blazing times put up by Michael Vick (4.33s), Lamar Jackson (4.34s), Robert Griffin III (4.41s) or Justin Fields (4.46s).

Here’s where he ranked among 2019 QB draft prospects:

Player Time (s)
Trace McSorley 4.57
Tyree Jackson 4.59
Easton Stick 4.62
Nick Fitzgerald 4.64
Drew Lock 4.69
Ryan Finley 7.73
Jake Browning 4.74
Jordan Ta’amu 4.77
Daniel Jones 4.81
Jarrett Stidham 4.81
Will Grier 4.84
Brett Rypien 4.91
Kyle Shurmur 4.91
Gardner Minshew 4.97
Dwayne Haskins 5.04

Based on his 40-yard dash, it seemed Jones was expected to carry the burden with his arm rather than his legs. Perhaps a few scrambles here and there to keep the defense off balance. But nothing more than that.

He even had a lowlight moment to go along with the narrative in his second year, famously going viral after breaking off an 80-yard run only to stumble at the last moment.

Things have changed under Brian Daboll, however. Under his new coach’s tutelage, Jones has become something of a cheetah this year. Employing a series of designed run plays that accentuate both Jones’ and Saquon Barkley’s skillset, Daboll have turned New York — once so reliant on the pass — into a run-first team.

And Jones has delivered.

Daniel Jones rushing stats

Jones put on a show in open field in 2022. The Duke alum notched 708 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season, among the best totals among quarterbacks this year.

Here’s how he compares to some of the leagues other dual-threat dimers:

Player Team Rushing yards
Justin Fields Bears 1,143
Lamar Jackson Ravens 764
Josh Allen Bills 762
Jalen Hurts Eagles 760
Daniel Jones Giants 708
Marcus Mariota Falcons 438
Kyler Murray Cardinals 418
Geno Smith Seahawks 366
Patrick Mahomes Chiefs 358
Trevor Lawrence Jaguars 291

 Not bad for a guy who only clocked in as the ninth-fastest quarterback in his draft class.

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