Webb may face competition from rookie fourth-round pick Kyle Lauletta for the No. 2 quarterback role, Paul Schwartz of The New York Post reports.
With Eli Manning in the twilight of his career, the Giants presumably will carry three quarterbacks, hoping that either Webb or Lauletta eventually proves to be their signal-caller of the future. A third-round pick last year, Webb completed 18 of 34 passes for 190 yards during the preseason and didn't take any snaps in the regular season. He was drafted by Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo, whereas Lauletta was picked by the new regime, led by general manger Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur.
Webb will have a chance to impress new head coach Pat Shurmur in the buildup to the NFL Draft, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports. "The advantage we will have is we'll have two weeks of training where we can't go on the field, it's just in the meeting room, and we're gonna get that extra minicamp, which will be right up to the draft, so it will be a great way for Davis to sorta showcase what he can do," Shurmur said Tuesday.
Because the Giants made a coaching change this offseason, they can kick off workouts earlier than organizations that did not. Webb's opportunity will begin April 9, but the true test will seemingly happen April 24-26, when the team embarks on a voluntary minicamp. The latter date coincides with the first day of the draft, so his performance could sway the decision-making process of the Giants' brass once it's on the clock at No. 2 overall. With a QB-heavy class on tap, Shurmur and company are inclined to select the potential successor to long-time signal caller Eli Manning. That being said, Webb has a shot to upend those plans with an notable April.
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.
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