John Mara’s hope is that the future of the franchise doesn’t have to see the field this season.
The Giants co-owner spoke to the media about the Giants’ intriguing quarterback situation with Eli Manning facing a threat from No. 6 pick Daniel Jones this season.
“I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara told reporters at Giants training camp. “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 (Pat Shurmur) as to when, or if, Daniel ends up playing this year.”
Barring an injury, the 38-year-old Manning will inevitably be the Giants’ Week 1 starter when they face the Cowboys on Sept. 8. If Manning plays well and the Giants stay in the playoff race then there will be little push for Jones to get on the field.
“I’d be very happy with that because that means we’re having a great year and Eli’s having a great year,” Mara said.
But if those scenarios do not play out then Shurmur will have to decide when to turn to Jones. The Duke product had an impressive preseason debut, completing 5-of-6 passes and throwing a touchdown in his lone drive in the Giants’ 31-22 win over the Jets on Thursday night.
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