Giants owner hopes rookie QB Jones won’t have to play

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

August 13, 2019

New York Giants owner John Mara is rooting for Eli Manning.

Asked by SNY what he thought an ideal 2019 season would look like, Mara said the 38-year-old Manning is the Giants’ present and rookie first-rounder Daniel Jones is the franchise’s future.

“I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara said. “That would be in an ideal world, you’d like to see that. At the end of the day it’s going to be a decision by the head coach as to when, or if, Daniel ends up playing this year.”

Manning is 8-23 as the starter over the past two seasons, throwing 40 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions during that span.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection enters his 15th NFL season ranked seventh all-time in passing yards (55,981) and eighth in TD passes (360).

The Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was 5-for-5 for 67 yards and a touchdown in his preseason debut last week.

Mara said he would be happy if Jones never took a snap this season.

“I’d be very happy with that because that means we’re having a great year and Eli’s having a great year,” he said.

–Field Level Media