Auburn football alum Bo Nix can push $160 million starting QB out of role

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Bo Nix can push New York Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones from his QB1 role in the event the G-Men decide to pursue the ex-Oregon and Auburn football gunslinger during the 2024 NFL draft -- at least according to Locked On Ducks podcast host Spencer McLaughlin during an appearance on the Locked On Giants podcast.

“I think he could come in and push Daniel Jones to be the starting quarterback,” McLaughlin said (h/t Giants Country). “Because if you're looking at Daniel Jones, what do you need from him right now? You need him to play at his best. Well, what's going to motivate him to play at his best? 

"What's going to set a fire under his rear end to kick him into high gear and make him put in all the work that he needs to do and then show up on Sundays and perform at a high level week in, week out, least his job be in jeopardy? It'd be a draft pick who everyone will start chirping about to say, 'Well, hey, that guy could start.'”

Auburn football alum Bo Nix can be Giants' backup QB as NY figures out Daniel Jones situation

Jones' four-year, $160 million salary, which he will be entering the second year of in 2024, has an out following the coming season. Obviously, the Giants aren't likely to want to punt on a year of his contract. They also don't want to let another year go to waste as they throw out temporary solutions like Tommy DeVito and Tyrod Taylor; the latter of whom is probably a better QB1 option than Jones right now, but may not even be retained due to the raise he's likely to ask for.

Nix is the perfect hybrid option. The Pinson native was a five-year starter in college, but as his two seasons with Oregon proved, he's not yet reached his ceiling. Or the weapons in Eugene made him look better than he was. At worst, though, well-built offensive trenches and receiving talent make Nix look like a star.

The Giants don't have that yet, but if the team moves on from Jones, it would be wise to pivot to a potential franchise building block in Nix rather than a Taylor, DeVito, or any other backup QB they'd find on the free agent market.