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New York Giants Need Ryan Nassib to Outplay Curtis Painter

August 7th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Billy Javed

The New York Giants' back-up quarterback scenario isn’t exactly where they would like it to be. Despite descriptions of abysmal play from second-year player and former fourth-round pick Ryan Nassib, he still represents the best option for the Giants as the backup quarterback and showed why in preseason opener. It’s not that there aren’t better options available elsewhere, Nassib simply has more upside than his current competition in Curtis Painter, but at the moment is only arguably better than the veteran.

Though Nassib had himself a good showing against the Buffalo Bills and was able to move the team down the field with 139 yards passing on some tight throws, as well as a 73-yard touchdown pass to Corey Washington, he struggled a few times as well, looking like a rookie on occasion.

With an intentional grounding call, a would-be interception thrown right to a defender (it was called back due to a penalty), and a slightly underthrown deep ball to Washington to name a few errors, Nassib was still able to produce an effective outing that should provide him with confidence entering the Giants second preseason game. Head coach Tom Coughlin echoed similar sentiments regarding Nassib’s performance.

“I thought Ryan, for the most part, did a good job,” Coughlin told the New York Daily News. “For the most part, he did direct his team and he did throw the ball well enough.” He later added, “The one interception that was overruled was a very bad play.”

Nassib led the Giants to a win and seemingly outplayed Curtis Painter, who for the second year in a row did nothing special or even average. At this point the Giants should know that their chances of winning any games without Eli Manning are pretty slim considering their current options. At the very least Nassib has upside and could grow to be at least a game manager if given the playtime. Painter has had years in the NFL and hasn’t really shown much.

Keeping Painter on the roster simply because he is a veteran would be a waste of a roster spot. One can understand the decision to keep him last year, as Nassib was a rookie, but not in his second year, not if the other play is Curtis Painter, and not when other young and even rookie quarterbacks have had glimpses of success just by being thrown in the fire. In the hypothetical instance of injury to Eli Manning, the Giants should rather have Nassib play and learn than have Painter try to manage a few games while not really doing anything.

The best case scenario for the Giants at the quarterback position would be if Nassib can really outplay Painter and win the job in the team’s second or third preseason game. This way the competition would essentially be over and Nassib would get the majority of the playing time for the remainder of the preseason and that could help him develop even faster. The Giants would also save a roster spot if Painter were cut, that spot could be filled by potentially signing another veteran running back if Peyton Hillisankle continues to bother him or perhaps even another wide receiver like Corey Washington or Marcus Harris if either continues to impress in the preseason.


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14 Responses to “New York Giants Need Ryan Nassib to Outplay Curtis Painter”

  1.  Krow says:

    This is a rather low bar. And if Nassib can’t jump over it then he needs to get on with his post-NFL life.

    •  James Stoll says:

      the life of the young back-up QB
      never enough snaps to get comfortable
      never seriously competing to start
      but expected to be good enough to produce W’s should the starter go down

      •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

        Gimmee a break he is being paid a mill a yr to do the job. Successful people fine a way to be ready. Just ask Rodgers or Brady.

    •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

      100%. And this was supposed to be a better system for him. Hah!!!! There has to be better talent than this around.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    reading recaps of yesterday’s practice

    it appears Marcus Harris is really excelling whilst Corey Washington may have a case of the dropsies to go along with the spectacular catches

    apparently for all his electric running prowess, Andre Williams may struggle as a receiving back

    Kiwi is apparently having a great camp and JPP supposedly showed some explosion off the line

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I think Williams will eventually catch the ball. If you haven’t been doing it you have to learn it. Placement of the hands, when to turn to the QB, when to start to cut upfield, how to “soften” your hands, are all learned skills. Williams is a smart kid. He’ll get it. It just may take some time.

      As for Kiwi, I’ve been saying for months that he is vastly under-appreciated by the fans and should have a terrific year. Last year he was a half-step, or less, away from well over a dozen sacks (besides those he DID get). With a better secondary, a stronger push from the defensive tackles into the QB’s face (yes, I’m saying the play of Hankins, Patterson and Kuhn will be BETTER, collectively, than what we were getting from Joseph), and a healthy JPP on the other side of the defensive line, I expect a big season from him.

    •  Dirt says:

      I will say this: Jennings looked better than any back since Tiki catching the ball out of the backfield. That’s not saying much, but I’ll make it stronger by saying he looked really good doing it.

      I’m glad to see Kiwi is apparently doing well. He’s the 1st rounder that hasn’t ever done anything of note as a 1st rounder and is dealt with with kid gloves, while the 1st rounder on the other side, a former All-Pro who had some injury and rawnessissues to overcome gets routinely (and probably justifiably) slammed). So, good on ya to make it rain Kiwi, ye of 9 years experience.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    As to the young receivers, my sometimes-useful source tells me that Victor Cruz has been talking up Harris, a LOT, to anyone who will listen and Victor says the guy should be on the roster. Of course, players don’t make those decisions, but it must mean something when an established star waxes poetic about a kid. I know nada about Harris. Where did he come from? Is he a true rookie or has he knocked around the league for a few years from team-to-team?

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Please. Painter isn’t an NFL QB and should never be our backup QB. Painter should be fine as our backup QB but if for some reason he’s not then we have to get a real backup QB because that QB isn’t Painter. He’s horrible. Maybe my alltime least favorite player because he occupies a roster spot when he’s not of NFL talent.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    I re-watched the game and to me two players really stood out that no one talked about. Bromely looked really good and #69 the DE from richmond. They dominated the second half and #69 should have had a late TD but could gather a fumble. We are always looking for pass rushers so I would look out for #69 as a possible Ojomo type. Bromley playing well does make me wonder maybe we keep 4 DTs because Bromley is not as far off as I was thinking.

    Harris was also better than I first realize. He’s more consistent while Washington provides the wow plays. If Manningham is right I wonder if those 2 can play well enough to force 7 WRs on the roster. Harris has the edge because he’s more trust worthy but Washington makes the type of plays that can make it impossible to keep hi off the roster.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    One other, negative, comment from my team source: he says that the coaches are a bit worried because Eli is still looking pretty bad on some short throws, especially screens, which is a fundamental part of McAdoo’s offense. They are trying to figure out if the problem is Eli or the backs to whom he’s throwing. Apparently the connections with Hynoski, Conner, Williams, Cox and Hillis have not been particularly good. Only Jennings and he have been able to make it work. Apparently the timing is WAY off with some of the others and a good number of passes are literally hitting the running backs in the back or on the shoulder pads. It sounds to me as if the targets aren’t turning properly into the correct angles at the right time, but they need to get this right and Eli cannot take the approach of “Hey, I’m throwing the ball where it’s designed to be thrown. Those guys need to get it right.” He has to adjust or those plays can easily turn into disasters as the ball bounces off a back’s pads. Remember the first offensive play of 2013? Yeah, that one. We can’t afford to ever see that again.

    It’s Eli’s job to get it right. The backs aren’t experts at catching the ball (well, maybe Jennings is, but the rest certainly aren’t) so the quarterback has to make the adjustments. That’s the least we should expect from a veteran like Eli.

    •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

      Maybe he is thinking that if they get hit in the back of the head enough they will turn around sooner. C’mon 55 this isn’t Vector analysis it is football. You run at a preset angle – count 1,2,3…turn catch run.

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