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.
Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo said Wednesday that Webb will serve as starting quarterback Eli Manning's backup Sunday versus the Redskins, replacing Geno Smith, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports. However, Spagnuolo noted "there's no guarantees" Webb will make an appearance, per Schwartz.
Earlier Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network leaked this news, only to have it confirmed by Spagnuolo during media availability. The development has been in the works for a few weeks at this point, as Webb has increased his practice reps with the first-team offense slowly but surely. Despite his elevation in the pecking order, Webb's lack of guaranteed reps in Week 17 is probably enough to keep him off the fantasy radar, even in active season-long formats that start two quarterbacks.
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.
Webb has been taking some snaps with the Giants' first-team offense during practice this week, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. "We're amping [Webb] up a little bit," interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "He's always preparing like he's going to be a two or maybe even play in the games. So the preparation is the same, but we just wanted to make sure we got him some reps on the field."
Spagnuolo indicated there won't be a changing of the guard at quarterback this week, as Eli Manning is set to make his third consecutive start Sunday against the Cardinals. However, the fact that Webb received reps with the first team for the first time since the summer suggests that the rookie could unseat Geno Smith for backup duties in Week 16. If Webb impresses the coaching staff during subsequent practices, he might receive the opportunity to play a few series in the season finale against the Redskins, if not start over Manning outright.
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.
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