Coming into the offseason, the New York Giants had a slight question at the quarterback position with Eli Manning requiring surgery to fix an ankle he injured in the last regular season game of 2013. With that, they brought in plenty of quarterbacks in the offseason just in case Manning did not recover. He recovered, and the plan reverted back to what it was originally, with the hopes of Ryan Nassib taking over the back up duties. That has not yet happened, and Nassib now looks to be in danger of getting cut.
After being selected out of Syracuse in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, Nassib was thought to be the quarterback of the future with the Giants. They liked him enough to trade up in the draft to get him. They even went out of character, holding onto three quarterbacks last season, as Curtis Painter held onto backup duties.
This season that will not be the case, as the Giants cannot afford to hold onto a third quarterback. With so many other holes on the roster, keeping a third player at a position that has been so durable would be a waste. That means it comes down to either Nassib or Painter for the job.
Nassib has been given every opportunity to take control of it, but he has squandered them and now finds himself third on the depth chart. Receiving by far the most reps of any quarterback on the roster throughout the preseason in game action, Nassib has failed to really impress. He has completed 19 of his 33 passes, good for 57.6 percent and one touchdown. He has also lost one fumble, and threw an interception, but it was called back because of a penalty.
On the other hand, Painter has been perfect thus far, completing all 10 of his passes, throwing for one touchdown on a game-winning drive he led against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. That performance has pushed Painter past Nassib on the depth chart, as he now sits as the backup to Manning heading into the Giants’ third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts tonight.
While the original plan was to have Nassib backup Manning, things do not always go the way you want. Nassib has not performed well enough to deserve the job, and will have to earn the reps back that he missed out on this week. This is essentially Nassib’s last chance to show he deserves the job, or he could be on the chopping block as this will be the last time many of the third- and fourth-team players get a chance to play until the final preseason game.