Giants’ painful rookie woes go well beyond Daniel Jones

DETROIT — It is not only Daniel Jones going through this for the first time. The Giants take a young roster into Sunday’s game against the Lions at Ford Field in a matchup of teams on three-game losing streaks.

For Jones, it is his first start on the road in a dome, and all the noise that entails. For the other rookies, it is a continuation of a process more painful than productive.

“You got to understand, because there’s a lot of things you haven’t seen before as a rookie,’’ first-year linebacker Oshane Ximines told The Post. “You just got to see it and if you make a mistake you got to correct it and just try to execute on the practice field and take if from the practice field to the game.’’

This is easier said than done.

Jones is the only rookie starting on offense, and receiver Darius Slayton is the only other first-year player who gets significant playing time. Slayton, given a shot at kickoff return for the first time (because another rookie, Corey Ballentine, is in the concussion protocol) committed a faux pas late in the loss to the Cardinals, taking the ball out of the end zone rather than taking a knee.

Slayton also failed to pick up a block that allowed cornerback Patrick Peterson to stop Saquon Barkley on a draw play contained for a mere 3-yard gain on third-and-18, setting up the now-infamous fourth-and-15 fiasco.

“It popped through the first level, we didn’t probably block it as well as we needed to at the second level,’’ coach Pat Shurmur said, maintaining his track record when it comes to not calling out his players — especially the young ones — in public.

“Every up and down is a learning process,’’ Slayton said. “We’re all trying to help this team win to the best of our ability, obviously we’re all going to make mistakes but we’ve also made plays. It’s kind of just about getting better and trying to weed out the mistakes and make more out of those plays.’’

It is on defense where the brunt of the inexperience hits. Two rookies, lineman Dexter Lawrence and cornerback DeAndre Baker, start. Another, Ximines, is in the rotation — he was on the field for 35 of the 65 defensive snaps against the Cardinals.

The pass-rush prowess Ximines displayed at Old Dominion was attractive enough for the Giants to take him with a third-round pick. It is not entirely possible, but Ximines says he tries to distance himself from what his birth certificate states when he is at the team facility.

“Come in here every day with purposeful work,’’ said Ximines, who has two sacks. “Just try not to think about being a rookie. Try to do it as if I was a 10-year vet. Be hard on myself as if I was Alec Ogletree or AB [Antoine Bethea] or somebody like that. That’s how I try to attack the day and work as hard as I can for those guys because I know they’re working hard.’’

Ximines needs work on setting the edge in the run game. He looks back on a play he did not make on Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds. Ximines said, “I was supposed to get a little bit more vertical,” and his lack of technique was based on uncertainty.

“Sometimes I’m out there watching and not going just because I’m trying to figure out what’s going on,’’ Ximines said. “It slows me down a little bit. Just go.’’

His hesitation cost the Giants yards.

“The tight end came down on me, the two guys pulled around and the object is to try to not let one of those pulls out by getting vertical though the tight end and I didn’t do that because I was watching,’’ Ximines said. “I think [Edmonds] got out of bounds, but if I did it better I could have made the play or helped somebody else make it.’’

Referring to Jones, Shurmur said the key is “You look for mistakes that aren’t repeated.’’

It can be said of all the other rookies, as well.

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