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Davis Webb named backup QB for season finale

Posted Dec 27, 2017

Davis Webb will be the backup quarterback Sunday in the season finale vs. the Redskins:  


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rookie quarterback Davis Webb took a step closer to playing in his first regular-season game when interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo announced today he will be the team’s No. 2 quarterback for the 2017 finale on Sunday against Washington.

That doesn’t guarantee Webb will play in the game. As Spagnuolo said, “Eli Manning is the starting quarterback. We’re going to go in the game to beat the Washington Redskins with Eli Manning and we’ll just take it from there.”
Webb, who was inactive for each of the first 15 games, will be in uniform for the first time since the preseason finale at New England on Aug. 31.

“I am excited about that,” Webb said. “It’s never easy to work so hard and then at the last second say, you’re not getting a jersey this week. That’s been up and down. I don’t let it affect me. I try to be a good teammate and yeah, I’m excited about that.”

Webb’s workload increased in practice last week, when he took the majority of the snaps in what is called the competition period of practice (first-team offense vs. first-team defense). That continued today, though Webb’s workload was not quite as extensive.

“I cut it down,” Spagnuolo said. “I can’t remember if it went to six or seven, but it’s not quite as many. I believe Eli got the first one of each one of those periods. There’s two separate periods and then Davis got the other ones. And then Davis and Geno (Smith) did the same thing they do every week where they get all of the ‘look’ team reps. They split them. So that was the same.”

Webb, the Giants’ third-round draft choice this year, said his promotion will not affect his preparation.

“I’ve been working all year as if I was actually going to play,” he said. “I’ve said it before in this environment that I go in every single week on Sundays 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, last game of the year, and help him enjoy some success with our teammates.”

Manning has mentored Webb since the young quarterback joined the team shortly after the draft.

“Davis does a good job,” Manning said. “He’s got a good feel for what’s going on, he works hard and he’s done a good job when he’s gotten the opportunity to play.”

In limited preseason action, Webb completed 18 of 34 passes for 190 yards. In the finale against the Patriots, he led the team on a 45-yard, 44-second drive that ended with Aldrick Rosas’ game-winning field goal on the game’s final play.

Preseason games have little similarity to regular-season action, a fact Webb confirmed he is well-aware of when asked how ready he is should be get into the game.


“I’m not sure,” he said. “I’ve never played in an NFL game before. But I have prepared very hard and I’ve taken pretty good notes from Eli and his routine and Geno’s and talking to (quarterbacks) coach (Frank) Cignetti, (former head) coach (Ben) McAdoo, coach (Mike) Sullivan (the offensive coordinator), guys who have been around good quarterbacks before. I’ve taken a little bit from all of them and kind of utilize it to my routine. So I think I’m doing just about everything I can do to be ready, but again, you never know until you play.”

We won’t know until Sunday if he gets that opportunity, but Spagnuolo indicated Webb can handle the job.

“I feel pretty good,” Spagnuolo said. “I’d like to talk with Mike and Frank a little bit and get through the week. I’ve told you this before that he’s been preparing. I see him in there all the time. So, there is some comfort level there, but you don’t know until you get in a game.”

*Four Giants did not practice today, including the team’s top two receivers, tight end Evan Engram (rib) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (neck). Also sitting out were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) and wide receiver Tavarres King (concussion).

Engram, who was hurt on Sunday in Arizona, hopes to play in the game against Washington.

“The X-rays were negative,” Engram said. “Just some bruising around there and just some soreness. It’s up to how I feel definitely. Definitely going to try my best to get rehab everything this week, and give it a shot from there.

“I want to get out there and compete with my team. It’s the last chance, last opportunity to fight together. This team and this locker room isn’t going to be the same, so it’s the last time. It’s the last time that we get to go out there and fight together. So, I definitely am going to try everything in the book to get out there and fight with my brothers.”

Four players were limited: tackles Ereck Flowers (groin) and Bobby Hart (ankle), wide receiver Roger Lewis (ankle) and defensive end Avery Moss (hip).

*Landon Collins has been elected winner of the 17th annual George Young Good Guy Award, as voted on by the Giants' chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America.
 


The award, named for the late general manager of the Giants, is given annually to honor a Giants player for his consistent and outstanding cooperation with the writers who cover the team on a daily basis. Collins, who finished second in the voting last year, has been one of the most accessible and honest players during what turned out to be a difficult season for the Giants.

Offensive lineman Justin Pugh finished in second place and quarterback Eli Manning, who won the award in 2008, finished third. In all, nine players received votes from members of the Giants media.

Here is the list of Good Guy winners since the award was inaugurated in 2001:

2017 – Landon Collins
2016 – Victor Cruz
2015 – Prince Amukamara
2014 – Rashad Jennings
2013 – Terrell Thomas
2012 - Antrel Rolle
2011 - Victor Cruz 

2010 - Barry Cofield 

2009 - Mathias Kiwanuka 

2008 - Eli Manning 

2007 - Justin Tuck 

2006 - Plaxico Burress 

2005 - Tiki Barber 

2004 - Kurt Warner 

2003 - Ike Hilliard 

2002 - Kerry Collins
2001 - Lomas Brown