On Thursday, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin announced that Curtis Painter will be the second-string quarterback for Saturday’s preseason game against Indianapolis.
Painter, reportedly, won the spot with his recent play in both training camp and his limited action in the first two preseason games.
Up to this point, Painter had been designated to basically a drive or two in the fourth quarter. In the preseason, he has completed all ten of his passes for 94 passing yards and one touchdown. The touchdown turned out to be the winning score last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ryan Nassib had been the No. 2 quarterback for the first two games and was getting the majority of the work, playing both the second and third quarters. Nassib turned in a couple of decent outings, completing 19-of-33 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown.
Nassib’s one touchdown also proved to be a game-winner, as New York topped Buffalo in their preseason opener.
The Giants clearly wanted Nassib, their 2013 fourth-round draft pick, to win the backup role, giving him a great opportunity to get a secure grip on the job in the first two games. While Nassib looked much-improved from a season ago, he still doesn’t seem to be as comfortable in the pocket as New York would like.
Meanwhile Painter, entering his fifth NFL season, seems to have a better feel for Ben McAdoo‘s new-look offense the Giants have been putting in this offseason. He will now have a major opportunity on Saturday to leave his mark on the role of second-string quarterback behind Eli Manning and maybe cement his position on the depth chart.