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5 Things we learned from practice (12/27)

Posted Dec 27, 2017

Five takeaways from Wednesday's team practice and media hour: 


1. WEBB PROMOTED TO NO. 2 QB

A week after the Giants ramped up Davis Webb’s workload by giving him first-team reps in practice, the rookie quarterback will be No. 2 behind Eli Manning for Sunday’s season finale against Washington, interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo announced today. Webb, the team’s third-round draft choice, has yet to be active on game day while sitting third behind Manning and Geno Smith.
“Having said that, that’s no reflection on Geno,” Spagnuolo said after Wednesday’s practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. “Last week I told you all that we were going to try to get Davis Webb ready in case we could get him in the game. There’s no guarantees that we will get him in the game, but he will be the number two on Sunday.”

Webb is excited to be in uniform for the first time, but his preparation doesn’t change.

“I’ve been working all year as if I was going to actually play,” Webb said. “Again, I’ve said it before in this environment that I go in every single week on Sunday about 30 minutes before game time thinking I’m going to be the guy. So it doesn’t really affect me at all. I’m just looking forward to helping Eli in last game of the year and helping him enjoy success with our teammates.”

2. ELI: NEVER KNOW YOUR LAST GAME

Manning has made it clear he has no intention of retiring after this season, the 14th and perhaps most disappointing of his storied career.

The Giants began interviewing general manager candidates last week and will do the same with head coaches in the near future, following the dismissals of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo earlier this month.

So he was asked today if he has thought that Sunday could be his last game as a Giant.

“You know, no,” Manning said. “I think in football you never know when your last game is going to be. It’s a physical game, so you always treat it like it’s your last. So I’m just going about it, try to play well and move the offense.”


3. APPLE SUSPENDED

As his second season comes to an end, cornerback Eli Apple has been in and out of the defensive game plan. He was inactive for Weeks 11-14, played 60 defensive snaps and had nine tackles in Week 15, and was relegated to a handful of special teams plays this past Sunday in Arizona, a decision

Spagnuolo said was merit-based. Now the 10th pick in last year’s draft has been suspended for the season finale. He was notified of the suspension this afternoon in a meeting with Spagnuolo and interim general manager Kevin Abrams.

“We have suspended Eli for a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team,” Abrams said.

4. INJURY REPORT

Did not practice: TE Evan Engram (rib), WR Tavarres King (concussion), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger), WR Sterling Shepard (neck)


Limited: OT Ereck Flowers (groin), OT Bobby Hart (ankle), WR Roger Lewis (ankle), DE Avery Moss (hip)

*Middle linebacker B.J. Goodson was placed on injured reserve one day after Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins’ season ended with a fractured forearm.


5. GIANTS TRYING TO END ON POSITIVE NOTE

Going from Super Bowl aspirations to holding a top-three draft pick has been tough to swallow for the Giants and their fans. The tankers out there will call for a loss to secure a higher selection, but the players and coaches are the ones getting the W’s and L’s on their resumes.

“We just didn’t have the year that we expected,” defensive tackle Damon Harrison said. “Anytime you’re 2-13, I mean, nobody has anything to be proud of. But if we can get a win, I think that’ll take us to the right direction heading into the offseason.”

The same is being said on the other side. The Redskins are 7-8 and sitting outside of the playoff picture.

“I think a lot of people look into that and probably say it would be [hard to motivate the team], but for us it hasn’t been, I don’t think,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on a conference call. “Anytime you play the New York Giants in Giants Stadium – I think it’s going to be a heck of a great test. They were able to come in here, they didn’t have anything to play for last year – knocked us out of the playoffs and they still have a lot of great players and I know they have a lot of great competitors based on what I see on film. Anytime you strap up, put a helmet on, shoulder pads and you’re out there competing – people are going to try to win and that’s what I anticipate on Sunday.”