Jones has shown why the team thought highly enough of him to draft him sixth overall, showcasing a strong arm and and good decision-making in the three preseason games he's played so far. He's gone 25-for-30 with 369 yards passing and two touchdowns, higlighted by his last game against the Bengals, in which he was 9-for-11 for 141 yards.
For Jones, Thursday's start is just another step in his progression as the future player under center for Big Blue.
"I'm certainly excited, but I don't think the preparation changes a whole lot," Jones said following Monday's practice. "I think going through the week we'll do the same things, and I'll certainly do the same things to prepare myself to play, so in these last three games I've obviously known I'm going to play a good bit, so just the same preparation going into this week."
Of course, Eli Manning is still slated to be the Giants' starting quarterback, but Jones was drafted to be his successor, and he knows the work is far from over.
"I think I realized there would be good days, bad days, and a lot of learning," Jones said. "This is a big step for anyone, just adjusting to playing in the NFL, so it's been good, but I think I realized there'd be a lot to learn, there's a lot of things still to learn, but I think it's been a good process so far.
Head coach Pat Shurmur has spoken throughout the preseason about how highly he thinks of Jones and expects him to perform well in Thursday's start, as well.
"I think it's important that he goes in and executes well," Shurmur said. "For the amount of time that he's in there, it'll be good to be on the road, like we were last week against the Bengals. There's a lot to be learned going through how we do the cadence and whatnot."
"I expect him to execute at a high level. I think he's doing a good job. He's making really good progress."
It remains to be seen when Jones will get the opportunity to showcase his talents in the regular season, but Jones knows that if he puts the work in and stays ready, he'll be in a good position to be successful.
"I feel like I have improved and have made steps in the right direction," Jones said. "There is a lot to work on, but my job is to be prepared and I trust the plan."