Days after New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told fans to “slow their roll” over rookie quarterback Daniel Jones’s perfect preseason debut, team owner John Mara is going one step further.
Mara publicly stated that he hopes the football is never even placed in Jones’s hands this season.
“I hope Eli [Manning] has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara said in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday.
Jones was taken sixth overall in the 2019 NFL draft as the apparent successor to 38-year-old Eli Manning, who led the Giants to a 5-11 record in 2018.
Manning has two Super Bowl wins under his belt but has only one winning season as the team’s starting quarterback since 2012. Despite New York’s recent struggles, it appears that both coach and owner are standing behind their veteran signal-caller.
Many questioned the decision to select Jones with such a high draft pick when other highly ranked players, including quarterback Dwayne Haskins, were still on the board. General Manager Dave Gettleman defended his choice in the days after the draft.
“In three years, we’ll find out how crazy I am,” Gettleman said at the time. And if Shurmur and Mara have their way, it may truly take that long.
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