Even before the news of quarterback Eli Manning’s ankle surgery and subsequent six-week minimum recovery period was announced by the team, the backup quarterback position was shaky looking.
Per Spotrac, the Giants re-signed Curtis Painter to a one-year minimum qualifying offer which really wasn’t surprising considering he apparently fit in well last year with Manning and then-rookie Ryan Nassib.
Speaking of Nassib, it was disappointing that by the end of last year, he didn’t make enough progress to pass Painter on the depth chart.
Certainly, general manager Jerry Reese made it perfectly clear after the team traded up to draft Nassib in the fourth round last year that they hoped Nassib never had to play, per USA Today.
However, as the Giants' offensive line deteriorated around Manning last season, it seemed like only a matter of time before the team would have to call on its backup quarterback.
Unfortunately for the Giants, they had to call for the backup at least twice. And unfortunately for Nassib, his was not the number called by the coaches, as he was inactive for every game.
Now comes word via the New York Daily News that that the Giants are looking at a pair of veteran quarterbacks, Josh Freeman, most recently with Minnesota, and Matt Flynn, who spent the bulk of his career as the backup in Green Bay, to serve as a temporary replacement for Manning as he recovers from his surgery.
Of the two, I think Flynn makes more sense. At the start of free agency, I opined that it might behoove the Giants offense to bring in a former Packer who had worked with McAdoo in Green Bay because that person would have an advanced understanding of the parts of the Packers offense McAdoo planned to install with the Giants.
Who better to accomplish that objective than Flynn, who worked with McAdoo for a bit when the latter was his position coach?
While we're on the subject of the quarterbacks, Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network reported that Giants, who last year had to keep three quarterbacks, hope to keep two quarterbacks this year. One of those two will be Manning, barring any kind of season-ending injury.
Will the second be Nassib? That remains to be seen as if Painter and/or the winner of the Freeman/Flynn workout outplays the former Syracuse star, the Giants will have on their hands yet another mid-round bust.
In other words, even though one from the Freeman/Flynn duo might appear to be "temporary," there's always a chance of extending the welcome.
Patricia Traina is the senior editor for Inside Football. All quotes and information obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted. Follow me on Twitter, @Patricia_Traina.