As I did last year, I took at each position group of the New York Giants before the NFL Draft. I’m going to do that again before the draft which is a week from Thursday (time flies). Let’s begin our break down before the draft with the most important position in all of football, the quarterback position.
The Giants are pretty well set at the starting quarterback position. Eli Manning, you could argue, is in the midst of the prime of his career, with a few highly productive years left in him. Manning failed to throw for over 4,000 yards for the first time since 2008. His completion percentage was just under 60%. That was the first time that happened since 2007. His 26 touchdowns were his fewest since 2008. Of course, having receivers in and out of the lineup can contribute to that, and the injuries to Hakeem Nicks all year certainly didn’t help.
If Manning were to get hurt, David Carr was re-signed to be the backup. Carr has been with the Giants every year since 2008 except for one. Carr knows the system, and has starting quarterback experience. Obviously, things would be very different without Manning and with Carr in the lineup, but Carr could arguably start for a few teams in the league, so having him as the backup plan isn’t the worst thing in the world.
Former Peyton Manning backup Curtis Painter is the third quarterback right now. Painter didn’t start any games last season, and hasn’t since Peyton was out for the year two years ago. Painter won’t play except for an extreme situation, however, you could do worse for your third quarterback.
A late round developmental pick could be in the Giants future. Manning is getting older, and if they want to go cheaper as backup, they could use a pick. Carr almost left this off-season, and is only signed for next season, and having Painter as the primary backup isn’t ideal.