Sifting Through New York Giants' Backup QB Options

By Daniel Brennan
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New York Giants starting quarterback Eli Manning underwent ankle surgery on Thursday. Manning is probably not going to miss any serious time unless he suffers a severe setback but that hasn’t stopped the Giants from looking into other possibilities at backup quarterback.

Right now, Curtis Painter is New York’s second stringer after Painter, somewhat surprisingly, beat out David Carr for the role last preseason.

Now it seems that the Giants are not quite satisfied with Painter as their backup when Manning is not fully healthy. The Giants have been reportedly looking into new options including Josh Freeman and Matt Flynn.

It’s a little surprising that Freeman is one of the names floating around. Although he is available, New York received a first-hand look at Freeman last season and it was a less-than-flattering display. Freeman finished the game completing just 20 of 53 pass attempts for 190 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. It was Freeman’s first and last start as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

Flynn presents an interesting option, as his career has been one of the more unusual in recent years. A few games in Green Bay earned Flynn a lucrative deal with the Seahawks, where he once again became a backup. He spent last year with the Oakland Raiders and only played in two games. Flynn has showed flashes of brilliance in the past but has also achieved an uncomfortable level of inconsistency.

Out of the two, Flynn seems to be a better option for the Giants than Freeman, although Flynn is probably more expensive and money may be tight. New York also has Ryan Nassib but he looked close to terrible in the snaps he had in the preseason last year. The rookie out of Syracuse was a turnover machine in the little we got to see of him.

Again, Eli Manning doesn’t seem to be in any real danger of missing playing time but the Giants look like they want to have a better backup plan in place and right now, that plan is bound to come through free agency.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.

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