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Daniel Jones looks like a ‘big-time NFL…

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The New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings don’t meet often but the two clubs have a lot in common and many crossover players and coaches.

In his conference call with the New York media on Wednesday, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer spoke on many of the common themes between the two clubs as they prepare to meet this Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was an assistant in Minnesota under Zimmer in 2016 and 2017 and was hired by the Giants based on his excellence as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator.

“Pat was – number one, he’s a great person, heck of a football coach,” Zimmer said of his friend. “He was always trying to be innovative and find a way to obviously help the quarterback and try to move the football. But I think the biggest thing with Pat, especially the last year he was with me, was it was important for him to figure out how to help the team win, and I think he always had that in his mind when we talked about what we had to do as a team and how we had to approach games and things like that. He did a great job for us here and we miss him.”

Zimmer was asked what makes Shurmur such an effective play caller.

“I think the biggest thing is he really likes to fit the scheme to the players and what they can do the best,” said Zimmer. “He has his system, but he changes up a lot of the different things to help each individual player. I think he understands the weaknesses of his players as well and tries to help them so that isn’t as big of an issue.”

The Vikings will have to prepare for rookie Daniel Jones instead of Eli Manning at quarterback this time around. Zimmer outlined the different challenges Jones brings to the game plan.

“In some aspects, it’s completely different,” he said. “He moves a lot more, he scrambles, we saw him scramble for the touchdown against Tampa Bay, he can get outside the pocket quite a bit more. It looks like—Eli was a great player, so I’m not trying to bash him whatsoever—but Jones just seems like he’s playing very free, he just sees it and lets it loose, and he’s not worried about any ramifications, he’s just going out and playing the game, it looks like to me.”

Shurmur had a banner year in 2017, coaching quarterback Case Keenum to a breakout season. Zimmer was asked if he sees any similarities between that and what Shurmur has done with Jones in New York.

“There’s some similarities, yeah. They’re two different style quarterbacks, but there are some similarities in some of the plays, with some of the things he ran when he was here. But honestly, they’re two different quarterbacks for the most part,” he said. “Daniel, I think the guy is going to be really, really good, honestly. I think he’s good now, but I think he’s going to be really, really good. He looks like a big-time NFL quarterback that can move in the pocket, can make all the throws, looks like he makes quick decisions, moves under duress, so I think there’s a lot of good things that are going on with him.”

The Giants started out shaky on defense but have righted the ship a bit the past game and a half. That is a trend that did not get past Zimmer.

“I know they’ve got some injuries at linebacker, but they are an athletic group,” he said. “They’ve made some turnovers, these defensive linemen they’ve got are good players, I think (Markus) Golden is a good player at linebacker. The young secondary has got their eyes on the ball quite a bit, and so they’re able to create some turnovers. So I think it all starts with that—being in the right place, very aggressive defensively, they’re a high-pressure team, so it all starts with that part of it. Then, as you continue to go forward, the young guys continue to understand the scheme better and better.”

Giants right tackle Mike Remmers played the past two seasons in Minnesota, one year at tackle (under Shurmur) and then the next year at guard.

“Mike is a very crafty veteran, he changes up sets, he’s athletic–I’ve been really impressed with him,” said Zimmer. “Mike was a great teammate here, a really good player for us. He got hurt a little bit, but I really like Mike. I’m glad to see he’s doing well.”

Vikings' Mike Zimmer: Daniel Jones looks like a 'big-time NFL quarterback'

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