There have been mixed evaluations on former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib over the course of the offseason. Now the New York Giants‘ backup – behind two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning – Nassib has reportedly struggled with his accuracy during offseason workouts this year.
While that may not mean much, since Nassib and his fellow Giants quarterbacks are adapting to a new system under recently acquired offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, it certainly isn’t a promising sign. After all, Nassib was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft to be the Giants’ quarterback of the future. Along with being a native New Yorker, Nassib comes equipped with a built-in fanbase and an incredible amount of hype surrounding him.
Unfortunately, that hype is quickly dwindling with Nassib’s poor 2014 performances. In June – during an OTA open to the media – he threw three interceptions, including a pick-six in drills, drawing awe and criticism not only from the onlooking spectators, but the entire New York media. Surely that wasn’t head coach Tom Coughlin‘s intent.
Suddenly, regardless of the fact that he’s learning a new system and adjusting to new personnel, fans see Nassib as being on the Giants’ roster bubble heading into his second year in the NFL — a seemingly ridiculous statement, given Manning’s ongoing durability as a starter and the fact Nassib is an inexpensive option at backup.
Though he may be struggling for the moment, fans of Big Blue need to remember that it’s only June, meaning there is plenty of time for Nassib to turn it around this season. Plus, let’s not forget that every teams’ defense is further along than their offense is at this point in the year; that’s just the way of the league. Offenses take time to develop rhythm and get on the same page with each other, it doesn’t just happen overnight.
Additionally, Giants fans may also want to think about the fact that while Nassib may look less than stellar now, he likely would have been a consideration for several teams in the first round if he could have come out just one year later. As the starting quarterback for Syracuse, Nassib was prolific, throwing for 67 touchdowns vs. only 27 interceptions. His stat-line improved each season that he was there, and he left the Orange as one of their all-time leading passers.
Perhaps more intriguing to the Giants, however, is the other dynamic Nassib brings to New York’s offense — his mobility. The 6-foot-2, 223 pound quarterback may not have accumulated a ton of rushing yards while at Syracuse, but he has certainly shown far more potential than the aforementioned Manning.
With increased mobility in and out of the pocket, Nassib could bring an entirely different dimension to the Giants’ offense, and ultimately their franchise. Along with being the face of the franchise, Nassib could increase the effectiveness of the Giants’ play-action passing-game, as well as protect certain weaknesses on the offensive line.
Not to mention that quarterback mobility is the wave of the future in the NFL for the foreseeable future. That – coupled with Nassib’s cult-like following in the New York area – could lead to his replacing Manning sooner than most fans would care to admit, despite the slow start to his offseason.