Daniel Jones is, low-key, one of the better rushing quarterbacks in the NFL.
Among QBs with at least 10 games played last year, his 27.1 rushing yards per game last year were the sixth-most in the NFL. This year, he ranks fourth with 43.0.
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So, Saquon Barkley, a phenomenal runner in his own right, has given his quarterback quite the nickname.
“Inside the NFL” released a mic'd up moment when Barkley gave him the nickname “Vanilla Vick.”
Of course, the nickname is a play on Jones' skin color and Michael Vick, perhaps the best rushing quarterback of all time — if you played “Madden 2004,” you would never lose with the Falcons.
“If I break a long one, I better see Vanilla Vick down there,” Barkley says to Jones in a huddle.
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Jones has three rushing touchdowns this season, helping the New York Giants to a surprising 7-2 record. They are en route to their first playoff appearance since 2016.
The Giants rush for 164.8 yards per game, the third-most in the NFL behind the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens, both of whom benefit from rushing QBs in Justin Fields and Lamar Jackson, respectively.
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The Giants will look to improve to 8-2 when they host the Detroit Lions on Sunday.