Giants' Daniel Jones to start vs. Dwayne Haskins' Redskins

Cassandra Negley

Daniel Jones is back in the starting lineup for the penultimate game of the season, head coach Pat Shurmer said Friday.

Jones missed two games with a high ankle sprain and returned to limited practice last week, but was ruled out. He took first-team reps this week and was a full participant in advance of the game against the Washington Redskins. Both NFC East teams are 3-11.

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The rookie leads all in his class with 18 touchdown passes and has a third-best 2,374 passing yards. The sixth-overall draft choice got his first start in Week 3, replacing two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning.

The ankle sprain paved the way for Manning to start possibly his final contest as the home quarterback at MetLife Stadium in front of the big blue faithful.

Jones’ return means a pitting of two first-round quarterbacks, with Dwayne Haskins taking over for the Redskins earlier this season. Haskins went at No. 15 in the draft and has thrown for 1,232 yards in eight games, the last six of which he has started. His first NFL appearance came against Jones and the Giants in Week 4, a 24-3 victory by New York.

Jones went 23 of 31 for 225 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Haskins, in relief of Case Keenum, threw for 107 yards on 9 of 17 passing with three interceptions. He was sacked twice for a total loss of 21 yards.

File-This Dec. 15, 2019, file photo shows New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in East Rutherford, N.J. Jones seemingly is returning as the New York Giants starting quarterback after missing two games with a sprained right ankle. Jones took most of the first-team snaps at practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, a major indication the rookie will start on Sunday in the penultimate game of the season against the Washington Redskins (3-11) .(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Daniel Jones will return to his starting role. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

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