John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe Giants went out and signed themselves another QB yesterday, one that has 60 NFL starts under his belt. Josh Freeman, if he can rededicate himself to his craft, may turn out to be a landmark signing for GM Jerry Reese.
Discipline seemed to be Freeman’s issue in Tampa. He did not like head coach Greg Schiano and the feeling appeared to be mutual. Things went south from there. But Freeman did nothing to help himself. He never embraced Schiano’s playbook and performed so poorly, the Bucs replaced him with a rookie.
Tom Coughlin has a way of straightening players out. He’ll smoke out the issues with Freeman, too. Eli Manning will also be helpful. There’s very little wiggle room for players to not act professionally under the Giants’ roof.
Can Freeman win the backup job? Can he convince the Giants to the point where they can go back to carrying only two QBs again?
He might. If that is the case, we can say goodbye to Curtis Painter. But what are the Giants’ plans for Ryan Nassib?
That has been the question here for nearly a year now. The Giants somehow felt the urgency to trade up in the fourth round last April to snare Nassib, who never played a down after the preseason. Didn’t dress once in the regular season. To be honest, the Giants weren’t even using Nassib at QB during some practices. He was on special teams and played defense, which is not uncommon, but a little curious to some.
Do the Giants feel today about Nassib the way they did a year ago? Probably not. There are scenarios brewing where the Giants will try to trade Nassib to teams looking for a young QB. My question is, who’s crazy enough to to do that, and what will they give the Giants in return?
Unless there’s something we don’t know, this move by Jerry Reese could end up being another mid-round failure. In a trade, they won’t get back what they put in (a 4th and a 6th rounder) that is for sure. If they can’t find a trading partner for Nassib, will he even be able to make the roster? Not if Freeman turns his career around.
If he’s cut and passed through waivers, Nassib could end up on someone’s practice squad because he technically has no accredited time in the NFL. That would be a total loss for Reese and the Giants, especially if Nassib ends up in a place where he can come back and bite the Giants.