From the outside looking in, it would appear as if New York Giants back-up quarterback Ryan Nassib has had a rough Spring. In the few practices open to the media, the second-year Syracuse product struggled mightily, prompting some to suggest his job may be in jeopardy. But when speaking to the media late last week, Quarterbacks Coach Danny Langsdorf soundly praised Nassib, going as far as to say the youngster had done a "great job" during Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and mini-camp.
"[He's] really smart. I think he’s done a great job, especially in our no-huddle periods of just being able to get guys lined up, whether we’re in a two-minute situation or whatever situation we’ve been in he’s done a great job of just getting us in a correct formation, getting us lined up," Langsdorf said. "He’s just got to keep working on executing, whether it’s a throw or timing with the receivers, he’s just got to continue to work with those guys but he’s been very good to this point in terms of studying and learning."
Appearances aside, the Giants have remained committed to Nassib and his chances to assume the No. 2 role behind Eli Manning. And after cycling through other quarterbacks like Rusty Smith and Josh Freeman earlier this offseason, the competition is once again down to just Nassib and Curtis Painter. And if snap counts are any indication, it may imply that Painter's days are numbered as well.
"[Painter] doesn’t get very many reps, that’s the hard part with him. He doesn’t get as many chances out there but fundamentally he’s really improved," Langsdorf said. "I think he’s a very accurate thrower, that’s his strength. He had a little bit of a knee early on so he didn’t get as many reps in the individual periods that we had at the beginning of the offseason program. … He’s done a great job preparing himself and with the limited amount of reps he gets he’s been pretty sharp."
Struggle or no struggle, it sounds like the Giants are committed to Nassib and will continue to do everything they can to ensure he has a spot on the 53-man roster come Week 1 against the Detroit Lions.
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