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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – John Mara waited more than two weeks into training camp before giving his State of the Giants address to reporters after practice Tuesday.

We’ve heard a similar line before, yet not exactly the same context, when former general manager Jerry Reese traded up in the fourth round to draft quarterback Ryan Nassib in 2013. 

“If he doesn’t ever play, that would be great,” Reese said on draft night six years ago. “That’s a good problem to have.”

The circumstances regarding Eli Manning’s status and the presence of Nassib back then as compared to those with Manning and the presence of No. 6 overall pick Daniel Jones are from two extremes.

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However, the sentiment Mara expressed Tuesday comes with the same backdrop: success for Manning would likely mean success for the Giants.

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

Mara said the Giants will address Manning’s contract situation moving forward – he is in the final year of his current deal – on a year-to-year basis, and that’s a suggestion Manning later told reporters was a “fair” approach.

Would Mara really be pleased if Jones doesn’t take a regular-season snap in 2019?

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

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