Who is Daniel Jones’ girlfriend? Giants star was dating fellow Duke athlete Ella Bonafede
The consecutive seasons have been a rollercoaster ride for New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who faced problems with his processing speed, lost several fumbles on sacks, and has thrown too many interceptions in key spots. But on the other hand, he also had four 300-yard, 4-touchdown games as a rookie along with some splendid comeback wins and commanded a few game-winning drives.
Recently, The Athletic conducted an NFL survey for which it interviewed 50 NFL coaches and talent evaluators from different classes to break down, evaluate, and properly rank the NFL quarterbacks. According to the survey, Jones has been named a ‘tier-3’ quarterback by NFL execs. “Playing him, the thing that scares you the most about him was his ability to run with the ball. They were running some of the zone-read stuff, but he was running away from secondary guys. He also had the ability to throw the ball, but he was not consistent,” a defensive coach said of Jones.
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An executive added: “I think there is enough ability there. You can start and win with him. He’s another guy, two different coaches, a couple of different offenses, haven’t really had a lot of weapons around him. They tried to upgrade that this offseason and they got Saquon Barkley coming back. This will be the truest evaluation of him.”
As the New York Giants are set to compete in the NFL preseason this month, all eyes are surely on Jones. While fans will surely cheer for him, he may be without the support of his biggest admirer, Ella Bonafede. It has been said that the pair, who dated each other since their college days at Duke University, are not together anymore. Bonafede was seen cheering for Jones at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, when he made his first start for the New York franchise in September 2019.
Bonafede, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but raised in Long Island, New York, also shared a loving post for Jones in a now-deleted social media message when he was chosen by the Giants with the sixth overall pick. “So unbelievably proud of you Daniel, I cannot wait to be cheerin’ you on in NY… Lets Go Giants!” she reportedly had written at the time. Also, when in May 2019, Jones turned 22, she posted: “Smile kid, it’s your birthday!!! 22 looks good on you.”
However, last year, it seems they ended their relationship as the 6-foot-5 signal-caller's fellow Duke University athlete, who played lacrosse for the Blue Devils, reportedly made her Instagram profile private. She also apparently unfollowed Jones on Instagram. The last post from Bonafede for Jones was in May 2020 in which she wished him birthday by writing, “An oldie but goodie, you and the pic. Hbd boo.”
Jones has never publicly shared many details about his relationship with Bonafede, but he has expressed his love for the Giants several times. “Always a great day to be a Giant! #GiantsPride,” he said in June 2019. Also after being selected as captain of the team in 2020, he stated, “Being voted by your teammates is a tremendous honor. It’s something I don’t take lightly at all and I appreciate the responsibility that the position comes with and what it means. I’m certainly grateful to be in this position to be elected. Like I said, it’s a serious job. It’s something that I don’t think you can take lightly. You have a responsibility to your teammates and to your team to represent them and do what you can to be their voice and lead.”