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Giants May Not Have to Worry About the QB Position For a Long Time

The New York Giants decided to bypass the vaunted quarterback crop at the top of this year’s NFL Draft in favor of selecting Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

The reason? They believe that Eli Manning is still a viable option at quarterback and has two, maybe three years left of gas in the tank. They also believe that Manning’s backup, last year’s third-round pick Davis Webb, is as good – if not better – than any of the quarterbacks taken in the first round of the draft.

The Giants did take a quarterback, by the way – Kyle Lauletta of Richmond – in the fourth round. He is a player that the Giants (among other teams) had their eye on and selected him to increase the talent pool in the quarterback room, according to head coach Pat Shurmur.

Lauletta fell to the fourth round due to an average throwing arm. Webb does not have that issue. He can sling it.

Webb that has been showing that arm off in organized team activities (OTAs) this spring. He is hellbent on reminding the Giants that they were correct in not taking a quarterback with the second overall pick this past April.

“I can throw it better than anybody,” Webb told Ben Baskin of the MMQB. “I have a great arm. I feel like I can make every throw. My arm strength is probably too strong.”

Webb claims that he is “80 billion times” better than he was as a rookie last year, a year that saw him take zero snaps in a regular season game. That has not deterred Webb, a diligent “gym rat” and coach’s son who does nothing but strive to improve each and every day.

“Every day he does something a little bit better,” said Shurmur after an OTA in May. “He’s becoming more and more comfortable with our scheme and I thought he did some good things.”

And by all accounts, Webb has looked the part here during the team’s offseason workout program:

“It was Davis Webb, the rising second-year passer who stood out on day one of OTAs due to his arm strength, accuracy and impressive deep completions while running coach Pat Shurmur’s new offense against a live defense (finally)…While Manning has been christened the Week 1 starter already — once again the favored son despite being benched in Week 13 of last season for Geno Smith — Webb’s stock will rise exponentially if he has more days like this…” – Pat Leonard, NYDN, May 22nd.

“The second-year quarterback is looking to prove that he can be a capable backup to Manning, and he showed it on Tuesday. He showed great touch throughout most of the practice, hooking up with wide receivers Roger Lewis, Marquis Bundy and Kalif Raymond for some highlight plays. Webb is part of a four-man quarterbacks room, which includes rookie fourth-round draft choice Kyle Lauletta from Richmond.” – Dan Salomone, Giants.com, May 29th.

“He has taken big strides and I think he’s flashed for sure during some practices. I really like his arm strength, he can be really accurate. Again, he will probably be the first to tell you that he can work on his consistency. If everything is not right, finding the outlet and fixing it sometimes. It might not be a great call against that defense, knowing how to fix it, maybe a receiver falls down or whatever or there is a protection and knowing where to go when those things happen. But all those guys are and he is another good example of guys that are really eager to learn the offense as well as they can and he comes to work with the mindset that he wants to prove to himself and everybody in this building that he can play.” – OC Mike Shula, June 13. 

So, for those who were wondering what the future holds at the quarterback position for the Giants, they can rest easy. Rather than convoluting the situation by taking Sam Darnold or one of the Joshes, they stayed put, gave Eli back his teeth by re-instituting the deep passing game and decided to put the distant future in Webb and Lauletta’s hands.

It may have been the right call. Plus, they have Barkley to boot.

 

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