Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Redskins. As expected, Smith has yielded backup duty to Davis Webb, but interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo was noncommittal during the week about an appearance for the rookie signal caller. No matter how the QB situation plays out Week 17, Smith may have played his last snap for any squad based in New York City due to his status as a unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
Smith is in line to back up Eli Manning during the Giants' game Sunday against the Cowboys, Tom Rock of Newsday reports. The Giants will officially reinstate Eli Manning as the team's starting quarterback Wednesday following the veteran's one-game benching, a change that was set in motion shortly after head coach Ben McAdoo was fired Monday. While Smith, who threw for 212 yards and one touchdown but lost two fumbles during his start in the Week 13 loss to the Raiders, is set to become a free agent this offseason and doesn't appear to have a long-term future with the franchise, he'll likely dress Sunday with third-round rookie Davis Webb apparently not ready for the understudy role just yet. Webb is expected to receive more reps than usual in practice this week, however, potentially setting the stage for Smith to fall to third on the depth chart at some point during the Giants' final three games.
Smith will likely return to a backup role Week 14 against the Cowboys with the team expected to reinstall Eli Manning as its starting quarterback, a source informed Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Even amid a lost season, the Giants' decision to strip Manning of his long-held starting duties and hand the keys of the offense over to Smith for Sunday's eventual 24-17 loss to the Oakland drew criticism in many circles. While not a complete disaster Sunday (21-for-34, one touchdown, no interception and two lost fumbles), the 27-year-old apparently didn't do quite enough to strengthen his hold on the gig before the man who had named Smith starter, head coach Ben McAdoo, was fired Monday. It's not clear if interim coach Steve Spagnuolo intends to stick with Manning beyond Week 14, but if another change is made, rookie third-round pick Davis Webb seems like a better than Smith, an impending free agent, to get a look.
Smith completed 21 of 34 pass attempts for 212 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-17 loss to Oakland. He also lost two fumbles and added 13 rushing yards on three attempts. Starting in lieu of Eli Manning, Smith compiled only one drive of more than five plays and lost both fumbles in the first half. The third quarter was more of the same before he was able to lead two scoring drives in the fourth while trailing by 10. Even if the West Virginia product keeps the starting job going forward, he is not a dependable fantasy option outside of two-quarterback leagues despite another nice matchup against Dallas in Week 14.
Smith will start at quarterback Sunday against the Raiders. With the 2-9 Giants looking toward the future, Eli Manning will be benched in favor of Smith in Week 13, ending a streak of 210 consecutive regular-season starts for the two-time Super Bowl winner. Smith hasn't started a regular-season contest since 2015 with the Jets, but he, along with rookie quarterback Davis Webb, should both receive opportunities to direct the offense over the Giants' final five contests. Given the Giants' shaky offensive line and injury-riddled receiving corps, year, it's probably safe to stay away from Smith in anything but deeper leagues (especially those that don't start two quarterbacks), but the Sunday start nonetheless presents a good opportunity of him to showcase his abilities to prospective suitors when he becomes a free agent this offseason.
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