Why is it turning heads? Well, the Giants, who in recent years have had only two quarterbacks on the roster, currently have four: Eli Manning, David Carr, Curtis Painter, and Ryan Nassib.
While Nassib won’t necessarily be a future NFL star, there is hardly any chance of him starting for the Giants any time soon, as Eli Manning is very much at his peak.
Manning has thrown for over 3900 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of the last four years, something he never accomplished in his first five years in the league. What’s more, if family is any indication of his future play, Eli still has plenty of time to excel.
Peyton Manning, Eli’s brother, is currently entering his 16th season as an NFL quarterback. He threw for 4659 yards and 37 TDs last year, both the second-best of his career. Their father, Archie Manning, also played quarterback in the NFL for 16 seasons.
Giants general manager Jerry Reese has already acknowledged he hopes Nassib doesn’t get in the game. “If he doesn’t ever play, that would be great,” said Reese, who hopes that “if he needs to play … he’ll be up and ready to go.” This is Reese’s way of saying if Eli stays healthy, Nassib probably won’t see the field during the regular season. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Carr, the current backup quarterback, has only thrown the ball three times over the past two seasons.
Even if Nassib never plays for the Giants, he definitely has a lot of talent that could allow him to perform on the pro level. Although the 2013 draft didn’t have many strong quarterbacks, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden rated him as the best quarterback in the class. Nassib has a decently strong arm and is mobile and tough. He throws fairly accurately, though he does have some trouble with throwing a good deep-ball.
Some projected Nassib to be drafted with the eighth pick, so he was unquestionably a steal at 110. As the regularly season approaches, it will be exciting to see which quarterbacks, and how many, make the Giants final roster.