Expected to participate: Eli Manning, David Carr, Ryan Nassib, Curtis Painter
Overview: The Giants’ short and long term plans at QB revolve around the 32 year-old Manning, their two-time Super Bowl MVP stalwart who has started 145 consecutive games since becoming the starter in 2004. The objective is to keep Eli healthy and upright. If they can’t, and Manning is finally knocked out of the lineup, the Giants have made some moves during the offseason to safeguard themselves.
The team is bringing back veteran David Carr for what could be his final season in Blue. Carr has served as Eli’s primary backup four of the past five seasons (he played for the 49ers in 2010) and has not started an NFL game since 2007 when he was with Carolina.
Carr has rarely been challenged in the past for the No. 2 position, but this summer he will face a challenge from fourth-round selection Ryan Nassib out of Syracuse, who the Giants traded up to get in this April’s draft.
The mindset is that neither will ever start a game for the Giants. If Nassib progresses as expected, the Giants will most likely not keep Carr past this season. Nassib could sit patiently behind Eli for for four seasons, not play, and leave via free agency.
By the time that happens, Eli will be 36 and the Giants could be ready for a change. Who knows? But for now, the team has decided to develop Nassib for the future, whether it be with them or with another team.
The fourth QB in camp is Curtis Painter, the former caddy for Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. The Giants will not keep four QBs (they will be pressed to keep three) so Painter is here just to take some reps in camp and perhaps showcase his ability to other teams.