New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones made a big impression on everyone on Sunday in his first career start.
Jones, who the Giants were mocked for taking with the sixth overall pick in the draft, completed 23-of-36 passes for two touchdowns, then ran in another two touchdowns, including the game-winner, to help the Giants beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 32-31.
While Jones showed an impressive combination of poise and touch throughout his debut, it was a sudden moment of profanity that impressed teammates, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.
According to reports through training camp and the season, Jones has been quiet and mild-mannered, much like his predecessor Eli Manning.
After the game, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said there were three qualities the Giants liked best in Jones.
"He was tough, he was competitive, and in my opinion, he's a winner," Shurmur said. "Now the rest of it is just quarterback stuff. But those first three things give him a chance to move forward."
Jones gave a reason for hope for the Giants and Giants fans. One of his better throws of the day came in the third quarter, when he hit Sterling Shepard in the end zone, squeezing the ball in a tight window for his second passing touchdown of the day.
With 3:16 left in the fourth quarter and the Giants trailing by six, Jones took over and led the team downfield and into the red zone. On 4th-and-5, the game on the line, Jones stepped up through the pocket and ran in the game-winning touchdown.
The Giants got lucky when Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay missed the game-winning, 34-yard field goal as time expired.
Shepard may have offered the best praise of the day, saying they couldn't tell Jones was a rookie quarterback making his first start.
"He plays with so much poise. You really can't tell he's a rookie," Shepard said. "I've heard a lot of stuff about rookies in their first game and how it doesn't turn out too well. I don't think that's the case with him."