Tom calls 2013 ‘important’ year for Nassib, Giants

We’ve been debating/discussing the status of Giants’ QB Ryan Nassib the past week or so. Last year, he was not used at all in the regular season after the team traded up in the fourth round of the draft to select him. The Giants carried three QBs on the roster, something they have rarely done in the Eli Manning era.

This morning head coach Tom Coughlin shed some light on the plan for Nassib this season. Below are comments from the Giants’ beat pool via Twitter:

Tom Rock @TomRock_Newsday: TC very high on Nassib, but doesn’t rule out keeping 3 QBs again.

Bart Hubbuch @HubbuchNYP: Coughlin on Ryan Nassib: “I think he’s going to be a good player. This is going to be an important year for him and for the Giants.”

Patricia Traina @Patricia_Traina: That last comment from Coughlin re: keeping 3 QBs doesn’t surprise me given the coaches never even thought to activate Nassib last year. That suggests to me the kid didn’t make much progress.Not really sure how the Giants can justify keeping 3 QBs again this year but I suspect they might not have much of a choice unless Nassib REALLY shows major progress.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Eli Manning is going to be the Giants’ starter unless something unforeseen occurs between now and September. Let’s hope nothing happens. Curtis Painter was re-signed to be the primary backup. That is, if he can hold off Nassib, who we have yet to see play any meaningful downs in the pros.

The way Coughlin was speaking today, the Giants will throw Nassib to the lions this summer. Throw him against the wall and see what sticks. Nassib will have to show that he’s made progress this August in order for the Giants to have more clarity on the future of the QB position….and don’t forget, Jerry Reese has not ruled out taking another QB in the draft. 




14 comments
Michael Frias
Michael Frias

I know journalism has changed through the years, and with so many newspapers, blogs, and podcasts, there are so many more media outlets than there used to be, but I honestly can't remember a Giants backup QB getting this much attention since Jeff Hostetler was on the team.

In my opinion, when you have an established #1 QB, the role of the backup is to assist the QB in reading the defense from the sideline, and if there's a terrible turn of events, and the starter gets hurt, he can be serviceable enough to keep the team in contention until the starter returns.

If the Giants feel that Nassib is ready for that role, than I can't imagine them carrying 3 QBs this season.  Worst case, they carry Eli and Nassib, grooming Nassib to be the eventual starter, and have Painter through the last set of cuts.  They the cut Painter, but have him on speed-dial in case Eli gets hurt.

Tommy Kendall
Tommy Kendall

If the goal (as an organization) is to only carry 2 QB's on the 53 man roster, then I think you need to draft a QB with the Giant's 6th rd pick with the goal to move him to the Practice Squad as a developmental player.  


That way you can carry Manning and Nassib on the 53 man roster. And your 3rd QB comes from either the Practice Squad, or Off-The-Street (possibly Painter) if need be.  That's what I think was meant by the thought/comment - "we won't rule out drafting a QB".


And based on how the roster looks (as of today - 3/27/14), I think it might be tough for all 7 of the Giant's draft picks to make the 53 man roster.  If the Giant's draft well, then there should be some good competition in camp (at several positions) fighting for those 53 spots. I also think that if the Giant's have a specific player in mind, they might works some trades during this year's draft.  I think this year's draft maybe the most active yet - in terms of trades!

Johnny Hedden
Johnny Hedden

Nassib will take the #2 spot amd Painter will be cut

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Nassib Post's......

......... PointLess....

We're Stuck with Him,

on the 53,

for another Season, Period.

NO UP-Date's, necessary....

NEXT, QB Nassib Post: Jan. 1 2015....



thehat
thehat

I don't see the point in carrying 3 QBs on a team with a legit #1 guy who never misses time anyways.  If Eli does go down for any significant length of time, the season is done unless Nassib is some hidden gem....we know Painter isn't leading a team to the playoffs (guy has only ever played in 14 NFL games 13 of which were losses)......


So then you'd be saying Eli got hurt, Nassib was actually good, then gets hurt as well....at that point, who cares who's the QB?  The best thing to happen at that point would be to lose as much as possible and work on drafting the QB of the future.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Doesn't almost every team in the NFL carry 3 QBs? I know the Giants hadn't the last few years before last season but I don't see the big issue with them continuing to do what the vast majority of the league does.

rico
rico

I think the Giants were so pre-occupied trying to patch the O, running backs  and the secondary room for Nassib was not a problem begging to be solved. 

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Hey John...where do you see Aaron Murray being drafted?

spider43
spider43

@Tommy Kendall  .....  I really like when teams trade on draft day, but unfortunately, we can rarely look forward to the Giants doing such things. Reese simply is not a "mover or shaker". He typically stands pat. No one will ever mistake him for Belichick or Ozzie Newsome.

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

@Brian Webster  


I don't see what the issue is either...and besides, if Eli goes down with an injury, don't you NEED a backup to Curtis Painter??? Of course you do...

JamesWS
JamesWS

This!!!!!! I want Aaron Murray on this team so badly. He's a franchise QB!!

Also, how the hell is Curtis Painter employed by us? He's a HORRIBLE QB. He's not even remotely a stopgap option. He's one of the worst backups in the league !!!!!

spider43
spider43

@fast_eddie  ....  Yes, you need a backup to Painter, but I think the practice squad could be utilized for that. Carrying three QBs means one less useful body. Let's face it, if your backup QB is on the game, chances are you're going to lose anyway, so why not let the backup finish the game, and then bring up the practice squad QB the following week if Eli is going to miss any significant time?  I'd rather have an extra defensive lineman, DB, or special teams player than having two QBs riding the pine behind Eli most games.