The New York Giants have a slew of quarterbacks still on their 75-man roster. Eli Manning is obviously going to be the starter for the 2013 NFL season. It gets rather interesting, however, once you look beyond Manning and start trying to figure out who is going to be backing him up this season, and whether the Giants are going to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.
The Giants have not retained three quarterbacks on their roster since 2007. This year may be the year that the Giants break that spell. With longtime backup and former first overall pick David Carr, I thought the Giants were set with quarterbacks.
However, with two surprise moves in the offseason — the signing Curtis Painter and drafting of Ryan Nassib in the fourth round — it became clear that there was going to be a fight for the backup position.
Carr has had a fairly routine training camp for his standard, and has rightfully earned the backup quarterback position in my opinion. Painter, on the other hand, has had a pretty awful camp in my eyes. I have not seen any evidence that he should even make the roster of 53, let alone be in the running to knock Carr out of the backup position.
Though I feel Carr has a solid grasp on the second quarterback position, the rookie Nassib is showing real potential. He has performed well in training camp as well as preseason games that he has played in. Though his stats do not look that great (3-of-10 for only 77 yards), he has far outplayed Painter, whose stats are 18-of-40 for 195 yards.
Though Painter’s stats look a lot better than Nassib’s, does any Giants fan really want the guy who just two years ago led the Indianapolis Colts to the worst record in the NFL? I highly doubt it.