When the Giants traded up in the fourth round in this year’s NFL Draft to select Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, many fans and pundits scratched their heads and wondered what they were doing. They did not need a QB.
GM Jerry Reese said Nassib was the highest-rated player on the team’s board at the time, something which was verified by CEO John Mara the other day. He showed the select few out at TPC today just why the Giants’ brass thought so highly of him. He took the reins like a seasoned pro and appears to be on his way to validating their assessment of him.
Nassib: “It was fun to get back out there practicing with the team except for some of the growing pains on day one. I think it went really well….It’s definitely a step up from college, but this is something that guys in this room have dreamt about their whole lives. It’s definitely pretty cool, but you’re definitely starting to realize it’s a business now and it’s a job, it’s your profession and you’ve got to treat it as such.”
Tom Coughlin: “He went to a great school; had an excellent education. No, he did well. He was poised; picked it up well. You don’t really have any meeting time, just this morning. Sometimes you have a little trouble just getting the cadence. But he did well. As time went on he got more comfortable and got better with it. Guys started to respond. He had better help. Huddle breaks – I don’t know if you could tell from where you were – but he got some better huddle breaks. He did well.”
OC Kevin Gilbride: “First day out he did a pretty good job of mastering just the nomenclature, the terminology. He didn’t seem overly confused by what we’re trying to do. There’s so much thinking going on. It’s hard to execute at a level that I’m sure we’re going to see down the road, but really for the first day, he did pretty good.”