With the first week of training camp under way, several New York Giants are already under the microscope—players like Corey Webster, David Diehl and Justin Tuck.
One of the players few people are talking about is quarterback Ryan Nassib, the 110th overall pick in the draft, who oddly was among the last Giants to sign this season, wrapping up his deal just last week.
Being the third string quarterback on a team with Eli Manning lining up behind center, that's not very surprising.
But Nassib, who some were projecting as a second-, if not first-round pick in this year's NFL draft, could easily see some playing time given the poor play of current No. 2 quarterback David Carr, despite the fact that Manning has started 135 straight games.
And Giants fans should not fear that possibility.
Nassib and the Syracuse Orangemen ranked 17th nationally in offense last season with 476 yards per game. Nassib averaged 289 passing yards a game, and set school records with 3,749 yards and 26 TD passes in 2012.
On top of that, Nassib has a better arm and more mobility than Carr.
If Nassib needs motivation beyond the Giants' locker room, he need only go back to draft day, when his old coach, Doug Marrone—now head coach for the Buffalo Bills—passed on him and picked E.J. Manuel early in the draft.
Nassib initially said he was only "a little disappointed" but later said he felt "wounded" that Marrone snubbed him, according to Peter King of SI.com
Russ Lande of the NFL Post had Nassib as the No. 1 quarterback in the draft, based on his quick release, accuracy and mobility.
"Nassib slides within the pocket, strides into his throws and makes accurate passes to all areas of the field. He has consistently shown the ability to step-up to avoid the deep rush, the quickness and agility to avoid pressure up the middle and can re-set and throw accurately," Lande said.
Greg Cosell of the NFL Network also had Nassib at the top of his quarterback draft board.
"My No. 1 quarterback … is Ryan Nassib. I liked him overall more than Geno Smith. I think he's a much more precise intermediate thrower. I think the ball comes out with a little better velocity at the intermediate level," Cosell said.
With Iron-Man Manning at the helm, it's unlikely Nassib will start a game this year, even if he leapfrogs Carr for the No. 2 spot (the Giants have only carried two quarterbacks for the last several years), but you can never say never. Even the toughest quarterbacks in the game eventually miss a start.
If this year is the year that Manning's streak is broken, Giants fans should feel more confident with Nassib holding the clipboard over Carr.
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