Webb, last year's third-round pick, didn't throw a single pass during his rookie season. Geno Smith got one start when Ben McAdoo benched Eli Manning, but Manning got his job back, and the Giants never turned to Webb. Webb should be in the mix for a backup spot in 2018, but it's hard to see him competing for the starting job with no experience.
Webb is expected to be the Giants' backup quarterback Sunday versus the Redskins, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Webb has increased his reps with the first-team offense the past few weeks, seemingly in preparation for an appearance before the conclusion of his rookie campaign. Even so, he didn't serve as the backup when Eli Manning vacated his starting spot to Geno Smith in Week 13. With active status likely this weekend, there's a good chance Webb takes the field for the first time as a professional, especially with the Giants one loss away from locking up the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo said Wednesday that Webb will remain inactive as the team's No. 3 quarterback Week 15 against the Eagles, Dan Duggan of NJ.com reports. Though Webb has yet to dress at any point during his rookie season, Spagnuolo left open the possibility that Webb could start Week 16 against the Cardinals, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports. The 2-11 Giants, who benched Geno Smith and turned the reins of the offense back over to Eli Manning in last week's loss to the Cowboys, have little to lose by seeing what Webb, a 2017 third-round pick, can do, but it seems the rookie must first demonstrate in practices that he has a full grasp of the offense before he gets a look.
Webb is expected to remain the Giants' No. 3 quarterback leading up to Sunday's game against the Cowboys and is thus likely to be inactive for the contest, Tom Rock of Newsday reports. In one of his first decisions after being named interim head coach following Ben McAdoo's firing Monday, Steve Spagnuolo reinserted Eli Manning as the team's starting quarterback over Geno Smith, who directed the offense during the Week 13 loss to the Raiders. Though Smith is set to become a free agent this offseason and may not have a future with the organization, he'll stick around as Manning's top backup for at least this week with Webb apparently not yet ready for game action. The rookie is expected to get more reps in practice this week, however, potentially setting him up for backup duties -- or even a start or two -- during the Giants' final three games of the regular season.
Webb is expected to receive a trial as the Giants' starting quarterback before the season ends, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. "Over the last five games, we will take a look at Geno [Smith], and we will also give Davis an opportunity," Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Tuesday after announcing that Eli Manning would be removed from the starting role. Smith will get the first look as the No. 1 signal caller Sunday against the Raiders as the 2-9 Giants turn toward the future, with Webb, a rookie third-round pick out of California, perhaps in line to dress as the backup quarterback for the first time this season. Given Smith's modest track record as a full-time starter for the Jets in 2013 and 2014 and his status as an impending unrestricted free agent, he may only receive a game or two directing the offense until the Giants turn the reins over to Webb. Since Webb has yet to log an NFL snap, expectations should be tempered once he finally does receive an opportunity, but the fact that he's merely in line to play at some point should be enough to put him on the radar in fantasy leagues that start two quarterbacks or have the option of using a quarterback in a flex spot.
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