Leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, Ryan Nassib was considered by some to be a Day 1 starter-type of talent. And then he fell to the New York Giants in the fourth round and that notion was dead.
A three-year starter at Syracuse, Nassib landed in an ideal situation for a young passer with promising physical tools and enough raw potential to eventually be molded into a quality quarterback. With the Giants, he gets to learn from an outstanding head coach in Tom Coughlin while playing behind Eli Manning, one of the better gunslingers in the game.
The first few months have been bumpy, though.
Since getting under center for the Giants, Nassib has displayed some of the shortcomings that led him to become the No. 110th overall pick instead of a first-rounder this past April.
So far this preseason, Nassib has seen the field in two games. During those appearances, he has completed three of 10 passes for 77 yards while taking four sacks and compiling a 59.2 passer rating. Although the majority of his dropbacks have seen him under pressure, five of his seven incompletions have come when he was able to stand tall and throw the football. For a quarterback lauded for his accuracy, Nassib is raising questions with his poor completion percentage when given time to throw.
Heading into the final preseason bout, the Giants will likely hand Nassib a handful of reps as they look to keep their starters healthy. This will be the rookie’s last chance to prove that he’s farther along in his maturation than the first two performances would lead you to believe.
Nassib could eventually develop into a starting-caliber quarterback, but as of right now he has a long way to go. Seeing as he’ll likely spend most of the 2013 campaign with a clipboard in his hands, we’ll see where he is in terms of development once the 2014 season rolls around.
Don’t worry, Eli. Your job is safe for now.