Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has had a great training camp and impressed in the Giants’ preseason opener, leading some to wonder if he’s going to push starter Eli Manning for playing time sooner than expected.
New York Giants owner John Mara hopes that doesn’t happen this year.
“I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara told reporters Tuesday when asked about the team’s quarterback situation. “That would be an ideal world where you would like to see that. Again, at the end of the day it’s going to be the decision by the head coach [Pat Shurmur] as to when or if Daniel ends up playing this year.”
The 38-year-old Manning is set to open the season as the starter, but Jones has turned heads thus far. He completed all five of his passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in his NFL preseason debut against the Jets Thursday night.
When pressed on whether he’d be happy if Jones didn’t play “one snap” this year, Mara didn’t back down.
“I’d be very happy about that because that means we’re having a great year and Eli’s having a great year.”
“I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field” – Giants owner John Mara pic.twitter.com/1JRNeozM2d
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Mara is not being disrespectful of Jones, but merely hoping that Manning can play well and help the team right away. It’s a reasonable wish for the owner of a team that finished 5-11 last season.
Many Giants fans and NFL observers were surprised the Giants drafted Jones No. 6 overall in this year’s NFL Draft. Even if he doesn’t challenge Manning for playing time anytime soon, the rookie from Duke appears ahead of schedule.
— Universal Sports Hub (@SportsHubU) August 9, 2019
The Giants open their season Sept. 8 against the Cowboys in Dallas.