In Thursday night's preseason finale for the New York Giants against the New England Patriots, Ryan Nassib will get his final chance to impress his coaches and teammates at Gillette Stadium in what they hope will be the last time he will take the field for them in the preseason.
Nassib will play for the Giants after Eli Manning takes the first-team snaps against the Patriots and once the game is over, he will likely go to being the team's third quarterback behind either David Carr or Curtis Painter; and will run the scout team offense in practice and hold a clipboard and carry a headset in the regular season.
Giants fans hope that Nassib won't ever have to take a snap because that would mean an injury to Manning, something the Giants have never had to worry about with him as their starter since the middle of the 2004 season. In Thursday night's game, Nassib will get to work with the second string offense, a unit he is comfortable playing with since he's worked with them.
“I’ve been playing with them (the second team) in practice, so I definitely have a little better feel with those guys than with some of the newer guys I’ve been with in the past,” Nassib said. “I’m anxious and ready to get out there. My goals, going in … planning on executing, getting the ball out fast and trying to put some points on the board.”
Nassib acknowledged to Dave Hutchinson of the Newark-Star Ledger about how this is likely the last official game he will play in for a while; something he's not used to doing since being drafted out of Syracuse University; where he was the Orangemen's starter in college. But Nassib knows this is the life of an NFL rookie and is prepared for what will likely be an uneventful rookie season.
“It’s kind of weird to think about,” he said. “It’s just the way the situation is. I’m cool with it. I just have to make sure I take these reps as seriously as possible because they might be my only reps for some time. We’ll see."
In the limited time that Nassib has played for the Giants in the summer, he has completed three out of 10 passes for 77 yards with no touchdowns, but has been sacked four times.
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