Owner John Mara reaffirmed those sentiments Tuesday.
"I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field," Mara said when asked what an ideal season would look like, via SNY. "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."
Jones, the No. 6 overall pick, further complicated matters in his perfect preseason debut (5 of 5, 67 yards and a touchdown).
Despite all that, Mara insists he would be thrilled if Jones never took a snap as a rookie.
"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.
Jones will get a chance to replicate his performance in Friday's preseason game vs. Chicago, but it appears there's not much he can do at this time to supplant Manning.