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.
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.