New York Giants owner John Mara has made his support for Eli Manning abundantly clear, saying the ideal situation would be for Daniel Jones to not take one snap during the 2019 NFL season.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mara indicated he’s really pulling for Manning to have an outstanding season, which obviously would mean Jones, taken with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, would not be relied upon to replace the veteran.
“I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara said. “I mean, that’d be in an ideal world, you’d like to see that.”
The Giants have long insisted that Manning is the team’s starting quarterback, with Jones serving as the veteran signal-caller’s understudy. The thought behind the notion for the Giants is that having Jones sit one year and learn behind Manning would be ideal for his development.
It merits noting that the Giants’ decision to take Jones so high in the draft elicited jeers, if not mock and ridicule. With that in mind, the suspicion has been the organization could be motivated to usher Jones along faster than planned in an effort to absolve themselves of scrutiny.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, however, pumped the brakes last week on any potential quarterback controversy after Jones played well in his preseason debut during the Giants’ 31-22 victory over the New York Jets last Thursday.
Add in Mara’s unquestionable endorsement of Manning and it sounds like the Giants will do their very best to make sure Jones essentially has a redshirt year this season.