Ryan Nassib Has Solid Showing in Hall of Fame Game
It looks like the New York Giants want second-year man Ryan Nassib to win the role of second-string quarterback.
Nassib played the majority of the game on Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills, getting in about two quarters of preseason football. Eli Manning played three drives, which amounted to about a quarter, and Curtis Painter played the fourth.
Nassib completed 7-of-12 pass attempts for 139 yards and one touchdown.
The highlight of the game came on a 73-yard touchdown pass to Corey Washington. Nassib aired it out down the sideline. The ball was slightly under-thrown but Washington made a nice play coming back to the ball, out-leaping the defender and taking it the rest of the way to the house.
The Giants drafted Nassib in the fourth round out of Syracuse in the 2013 NFL Draft. Nassib really struggled in the offseason and preseason before his rookie year. He developed a reputation for being loose with the football and constantly struggling with his accuracy.
Nassib was not perfect for the Giants on Sunday night and still looked shaky at times. He received a bit of luck after an interception he threw was called back due to a roughing-the-passer penalty.
However, overall Nassib showed some vast improvements from a year ago. For one, he looked much more confident and comfortable in the pocket. He will still need to continue to develop his accuracy to the point where he can be a reliable backup.
In the end, it was a nice start to the preseason for Nassib. He will continue to battle Painter for the backup role and more games like Sunday night will surely help his case. The Giants would love to see Nassib continue to improve and get a better grip on that backup role by the time the regular season rolls around.