Monday Morning Notes: Backup QB search; Finley update

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

What you need to know this morning…

The Giants will be auditioning backup QBs this week. Josh Freeman and Matt Flynn are two in particular that the Giants are interested in working out. SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano says the Giants need four QBs to run their OTA drills and Eli Manning (ankle) will likely be unavailable:

“Organized team activity sessions begin on May 28, not long after the 33-year-old Manning is scheduled to resume running, and he won’t likely be fully ready for drills then. According to several sources, the expectation is Manning will either not be ready for, or held back from most of the OTAs this spring and possibly even the full-team mini-camp in mid-June. So there will be a lot of on-field work that he’ll miss….That’s why the team is expected to look at several veterans, such as the 26-year-old Freeman and the 28-year-old Flynn. The Giants do have veteran Curtis Painter and second-year pro Ryan Nassib on the roster, but they’ll need at least one more quarterback to run their spring drills.”


The Giants were said to be interested in former Packers’ TE Jermichael Finley, who is recovering from neck surgery and waiting to be cleared by doctors. His familiarity with new OC Ben McAdoo is the reason many have him dotted-lined to the Giants. But his former Packers OC, Joe Philbin, may want him for the Dolphins.

From Rotoworld:

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have “had conversations” with free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery).
Joe Philbin spent four seasons as Finley’s offensive coordinator in Green Bay. The Fins “could have interest” in Finley if he receives clearance to resume his career, but “other teams have been more proactive,” per beat writer Barry Jackson. Finley is undergoing X-rays and an MRI on his neck over the next week. Finley previously failed a physical during a March visit to the Seahawks. 




1 comments
Michael Frias
Michael Frias

My thoughts on a backup QB has always been they if the starter gets hurt, can the backup at least play well enough to keep the team in contention until the starter returns.

Which is why I was never comfortable the seasons that the backups were guys like Jared Lorenzen, Anthony Wright, Tim Hasselbeck, and Curtis Painter.  I honestly think, behind a good Offensive Line, David Carr could've played well enough to keep the Giants afloat if Eli missed 2-3 games.

If Nassib isn't ready to fully grasp this offense, I think bringing in a guy like Flynn or Freeman is a must.  Curtis Painter has yet to prove he is capable of being even a serviceable NFL Quarterback.