Steelers vs. Giants: Why Pittsburgh has cause for concern in Week 1

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Daniel Jones

The Giants don’t have a lot of unknowns. The offense will run through Saquon Barkley and the defense will try to cover up a mediocre secondary with a talented front seven. That said, second-year QB Daniel Jones had an up and down season his rookie year, and while he will be important, it is still in question how well he will play.

Jones flashed a lot of arm talent and big-play ability. One of his best traits was his ability to sling the ball down the field to his playmakers. If he can develop as expected, he and Barkley could become a dynamic duo. The past few seasons have seen second-year QBs explode in their first games back. If Jones does this against the Steelers, the Monday night matchup could be a disappointing one.

The biggest hope here is that the Giants offensive line is inexperienced and raw. Given the talent of the Steelers pass rushers, this could spell doom for Jones. While he may be ready to burst onto the scene in 2020, his weak offensive line may be an early season detriment. That said, Jones has the talent to pop off this year, and that could start as early as Monday night.