The Giants' quarterback drama continues to play out with unexpected plot twists.
Monday's developments included Daniel Jones' latest examination, Mike Glennon's first full day in the NFL concussion protocol, Jake Fromm's likely elevation to first-team quarterback when the team practices on Wednesday – at the University of Arizona, their headquarters for the week — and quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski's positive test for COVID-19.
Backup offensive lineman Wes Martin also tested positive for COVID.
If Fromm starts Sunday in Los Angeles against the Chargers, it will be his first action in an NFL regular-season game. The Giants also have quarterback Brian Lewerke on their practice squad.
Jones was inactive for the Giants' 20-9 loss yesterday in Miami because of the neck injury he suffered last week against Philadelphia.
"We have some variables this week obviously in terms of Daniel's seeing some doctors today, receiving some different opinions and diagnosis and things of that nature," coach Joe Judge said. "When we find out more information on him, that'll give us a better idea going through this week."
Jones was replaced in the lineup by Glennon, completed 23 of 44 passes. After the game, the Giants announced that Glennon sustained a concussion. On Oct. 10, Jones suffered a concussion in a game in Dallas. He cleared the league's protocol and played the following week vs. the Rams.
"In terms of Mike, obviously he's in the protocol," Judge said. "The optimistic view would be to have him ready for the game on Sunday. We'll see where that goes."
From Little League World Series star to prolific passer at the University of Georgia to a 2020 NFL Draft choice, view photos of quarterback Jake Fromm through the years.
When Jones' availability became questionable last week, the Giants signed Fromm off the Buffalo Bills practice squad. Fromm was the Bills' 2020 fifth-round draft choice from Georgia, where he started 42 games, completed 63.2% of his passes for 8,224 yards, 78 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Fromm also rushed for 402 yards and scored three touchdowns on 134 carries.
Lewerke, who played at Michigan State, joined the Giants on Aug.16 and has spent the entire season on the practice squad. He threw 19 preseason passes for the Giants.
"We'll get Jake and Brian ready for the game based on whatever we may have to do," Judge said.
Schuplinski would be integral in preparing both the quarterbacks and the offensive game plan, but he can't attend meetings in person until he has two negative COVID tests 24 hours apart.
"As far as Jerry, it'll be a little limiting on the field," Judge said. "In terms of the meetings, we've done this before as far as the virtual meetings and staying plugged in. That's both with the game planning and with the coaching staff as well as staying connected through the meetings and installs with the players. We'll continue on the same path. We've worked in the past with that. We'll make any adjustments we have to throughout the week based on any new information we receive."
Since neither Jones nor Glennon is expected to be cleared to participate in Wednesday's practice, that will be Fromm's first substantial opportunity to show what he can do.
"The plan right now is for Jake to go ahead and continue in his role," Judge said. "We have a lot of contingencies whether it's the COVID contingency or the uncertainty in terms of the quarterbacks. Look, Brian Lewerke is working as well. I think COVID adds another element to it as well that we've got to prepare, to be honest. We're talking internally about a lot of options right now personnel-wise, scheme it up, to see what we can do to address it and make sure we're building in depth for a multitude of reasons."
If Fromm does play, he will do so just 11 days after his first Giants practice.
"When you get a guy on a short-term basis, including last week, a quick turnaround for a guy like Jake, the biggest thing you want to do is just make sure that he has a grasp on what he would have to run within the game," Judge said. "While when you go from Daniel to Mike, you want to push and stay as close to the offense as you possibly can, and you expect them to go out there and execute the game plan. For a guy who's only been here in your system for a couple days, you've got to go ahead and select more of the menu of what he can go ahead operate in and that's not always limiting based on his ability. It's just based on being new in a scheme and system.
"What's he comfortable with going out there and playing aggressively and making the right decisions within? At this point, you really want to go ahead and let him continue to improve on it. He's an intelligent guy. He's demonstrated that already. He's got very good poise out there and he has a very good presence. One of the things that's very impressive about this guy is you talk to former teammates of his like we did before he got in here, most of those Georgia guys and every single one of them lit up and said, 'We'd absolutely love to have that guy on the team. He's got a very good presence. He's a good teammate. He's got leadership qualities about him.' He had a lot of things you would hear someone say at a banquet about him. He's got a lot of intangibles. In terms of him as a player, he's shown at practice a good competitiveness and the ability to go out there and handle some different situations."
*The Giants today signed defensive back Natrell Jamerson to their roster. Jamerson, 5-11 and 201 pounds, played in 21 regular-season games for Houston, Green Bay and Carolina from 2018-20. He was credited with six tackles (five solo) and a pass defensed.
Jamerson was on the Jets' practice squad from Oct. 6-28 and Nov. 2-25.
Jamerson was a 2018 fifth-round draft, No. 164 overall, by the New Orleans Saints from the University of Wisconsin.