Jayden Daniels

23-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Drafted second overall this year, Daniels is the expected Week 1 starter in Washington, even if the team holds a perfunctory competition with free-agent acquisition Marcus Mariota. Daniels is an outstanding athlete, but at 6-4, 210, his slim build raises durability concerns. That’s about the only concern. Armed with a quick release, Daniels is accurate all over the field. Unlike others in his draft, Daniels' 72.2 completion percentage last season (7th in FBS) was not built on accuracy-inflating short passes -- his average target depth (10.2) and YPA (11.7) both led the nation. Daniels has a strong arm, though not an elite one, and is an excellent deep-ball thrower. He operates well in the pocket but can also play on the run, and it’s his dual-threat ability that is intriguing both for Washington and fantasy managers (he ran for more than 2,000 yards and 21 TDs at LSU the last two years). Daniels sometimes holds the ball longer than necessary, resulting in sacks, and his passing stats in college were solid-but-unexceptional prior to his Heisman-winning 2023 campaign. The Commanders have decent veteran targets in RB Austin Ekeler, WR Terry McLaurin, WR Jahan Dotson and TE Zach Ertz, also bringing in rookie TE Ben Sinnott (Round 2) and WR Luke McCaffrey (Round 3). Daniels is lauded for his high football IQ and seems to fit well in offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury’s scheme, but even if the rookie needs time to figure out the passing game his rushing ability should create fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year contract with the Commanders in June of 2024.
Works with starters at minicamp
QBWashington Commanders
June 23, 2024
Daniels got most of the first-team reps at June minicamp, Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports reports.
Commanders WR Terry McLaurin, RB Austin Ekeler and head coach Dan Quinn all offered glowing praise during minicamp, mentioning Daniels' work ethic, leadership and understanding of Kliff Kingsbury's offense. Even so, Quinn hasn't determined a Week 1 starter and said the plan all along was for Daniels and Marcus Mariota to split first-team snaps during spring practices, per John Keim of ESPN.com. Reports from training camp in late July and early August should provide a better idea as to whether Daniels is truly competing with Mariota or is all but locked in for the Week 1 start at Tampa Bay.
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Picked second overall by Washington
QBWashington Commanders
April 25, 2024
The Commanders selected Daniels in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft, second overall.
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Throws at LSU Pro Day
QBFree Agent
March 28, 2024
Daniels, who opted to not throw at the NFL Scouting Combine, did so at LSU's Pro Day on Wednesday, Eric Edholm of NFL.com reports.
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Not planning to throw at combine
QBFree Agent
February 26, 2024
Daniels will attend the NFL Scouting Combine this week but doesn't plan to take part in throwing drills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Remains level-headed ahead of camp
QBWashington Commanders
June 14, 2024
Daniels reaffirmed Thursday that he realizes he's not a "star quarterback yet" despite the accolades he's received from teammates and coaches this offseason, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
The rookie second overall pick from LSU has impressed all offseason, with teammates complimenting his arm strength, demeanor and leadership skills. However, Daniels insists he's remaining within himself and keeping his head down, with Keim noting the promising signal-caller has been arriving at the team facility before 6:00 a.m. and has been faithfully watching film and conducting walkthroughs in the practice bubble with rookie wideout Luke McCaffrey.
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