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Eisen's Mailbag: QB signings explained


Why have the Giants signed all these veteran quarterbacks?** -John

Dear John:
The Giants currently have four quarterbacks on their roster. They recently had five – briefly. Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib were under contract. Curtis Painter, last season's backup, was re-signed and will again compete for the job. The Giants also signed Josh Freeman because a) he is a former first-round draft choice who is talented and has had some success in the NFL, b) they play a fifth preseason game this summer (the Hall of Fame Game) and could use an extra quarterback, and c) Manning underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery on April 10 and wasn't expected to participate in spring drills. After Painter had a knee scope, the Giants signed Rusty Smith. Because Manning has been able to take some snaps this spring, Smith was released.

Last year I asked you about the starters for the O-line, which was a major concern for me and turned out to be a big part of our downfall this past season, in my opinion. This year it's the other line I'm concerned about. Who do you think will be the starters on the D-line? I think Damontre Moore has a breakout year and helps with the loss of Tuck.

Dear Guy:
I agree. Moore, the 2013 third-round draft choice, has worked hard this entire offseason and will have an opportunity to play a significant role on the defensive line. The starters will probably be Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka, with Robert Ayers and Moore as the top reserves. At tackle, Cullen Jenkins returns. Johnathan Hankins, a second-round draft choice last year, will get a chance to prove he deserves to start. Also in the mix are Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn and rookie third-round draft choice Jayson Bromley.

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