Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Will Giants Gamble If Nassib Solid?

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Will Giants Gamble If Nassib Solid?

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FOXBORO, Mass. - Jerry Reese made quite a statement the day the Giants made an investment in a quarterback of the future by drafting Ryan Nassib four months ago.

"If he doesn't ever play, that would be great," the general manager said shortly after the franchise selected Nassib in the fourth round with the 110th overall pick. "That's a good problem to have. If he needs to play, we're hoping that whatever time that is that he'll be up and ready to go."

Fast forward to tonight's preseason finale against the Patriots and as Nassib prepares for what could be his final game for a while, the fact remains there is still plenty of uncertainty not just regarding how well he can play at this level, but when he will again.

Nassib is in no danger of not making the Giants' 53-man roster when the final cuts are made by Saturday's 6 p.m. deadline, not when a team invests a fourth-round draft pick and brings that player in to learn at the hip of a two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback.

Eli Manning has started 146 consecutive games, however, regular season and playoffs included, and Tom Coughlin plans on giving him 12-15 snaps inside Gillette Stadium to fine-tune some things within a first-team offense that has sputtered the last three weeks.

Then it will be Nassib's turn, followed by David Carr and Curtis Painter, which means as far as the depth chart is concerned, the rookie from Syracuse will get his chance to play with the second- team offense, presumably some starters included.

"I just have to make sure I take these reps as serious as possible," Nassib said, "because they might be my only reps for some time. We'll see."

Certainly that is a safe bet - at least the one for which the Giants are hoping.

The Giants have been touting a competition between Carr and Painter to be Manning's backup all summer, with the winner presumably earning the roster spot as the No. 2.

But in light of the numbers game the team faces in getting down to 53, mostly due to injuries at other positions, could the Giants be willing to roll the dice and keep just Manning and Nassib on the roster?

It's a question worth pondering, but that would mean saying goodbye to Carr and Painter between now and Saturday night, knowing full well any injury to Manning would be an absolute worst-case scenario for this team anyway. …

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