Ryan Nassib Wins New York Giants’ Backup Quarterback Role
The New York Giants trimmed their roster today and quarterback Curtis Painter was one of the team’s casualties.
The move doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as second-year quarterback Ryan Nassib definitely played well enough this preseason to secure the role of second-string quarterback behind Eli Manning.
From the very first preseason game, it was clear that the Giants wanted Nassib to win the job. Nassib came into the preseason as the No. 2 quarterback and played more snaps than any other Giants quarterback.
In five preseason games, Nassib completed 44-of-77 passes for 588 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Meanwhile, Painter played in only four of the five preseason games and completed 19-of-30 passes for 190 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Nassib’s statistics look very good and do reflect much-improved play from a year ago. However, there were still a few too many moments when Nassib looked uncomfortable in the pocket and made poor decisions. They didn’t cost him interceptions in these instances but his accuracy is still very much a work-in-progress.
The Giants drafted Nassib out of Syracuse in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Nassib really struggled in his first offseason last year, as he quickly earned a reputation as a turnover machine based on his play in the preseason and in training camp. Nassib ended up losing out on the backup quarterback competition to Painter.
This year, while Nassib started out in the No. 2 slot and finished in the same place, he was demoted to third string after the second game of the preseason against the Steelers. Nassib responded in the next game against the Indianapolis Colts, as he led the Giants on a historic comeback after being down 26-0.
Painter kicked off the comeback bid with a score and Nassib finished it off with the game-winning touchdown pass to Corey Washington.
Nassib followed that up with a three-touchdown game against the Jets and the competition was basically wrapped up.
Although it was uneven at times, Nassib made serious strides from a year ago and certainly earned the promotion to second-string quarterback in his second season on the professional level.