Photos from Thursday's joint practice with the Bengals in Cincinnati
QB RYAN NASSIB **
Over the offseason, coach Tom Coughlin said he believes Ryan Nassib could be a starter in the NFL, which general manager Jerry Reese backed up by saying the backup quarterback could help the team win games if needed. Now entering his third year in the league, Nassib continues to develop behind Eli Manning while the preseason is largely the time to prove his mettle.
dditionally, the week of joint practices with the Bengals provided a good opportunity against another defense, which he took advantage of on Wednesday on the practice fields outside Paul Brown Stadium. Nassib threaded the needle on a handful of throws as part of a strong showing leading up to Friday night's preseason opener.
"Definitely going into his third year, second year within [offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's] offense, and I think he's got a good feel for what's going on," Manning said this week. "Obviously the preseason games will be big for him, getting those live reps, and adjustments, and making plays. I think he's an athletic guy who works hard and loves what he's doing. I think he'll do well."
TE ADRIEN ROBINSON
On the other end of Nassib's big day was tight end Adrien Robinson, a former fourth-round draft pick and fourth-year pro. Robinson, who had five receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown in 16 games last season, clicked with Nassib all day, hauling in pass after pass.
At least two came in traffic between Cincinnati defenders as Robinson showed good concentration and Nassib displayed his accuracy. Look for that pairing this preseason, starting on Friday in Cincinnati. * WR GEREMY DAVIS*
Sixth-round draft picks are brought in to be core special teamers, but so far, wide receiver Geremy Davis is proving he can do more than that. The rookie from the University of Connecticut extended a strong start of training camp from East Rutherford to Cincinnati this week as he's seen reps working with Manning and the first team. Davis, in addition to a handful of other catches today, made a tough grab in the end zone for a touchdown over veteran cornerback Adam Jones.
"I think I've been doing pretty well," Davis said before Wednesday's practice. "[Wide receivers] coach [Sean] Ryan is doing a good job of coaching all the wideouts and telling me what to do on this release or this stance or this route; he's consistent with it, and he's definitely making me a better wide receiver, too."