A serviceable backup quarterback is an undervalued commodity in today's NFL.
The Giants may not have one in the battle between Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib.
Painter was Eli Manning's backup in 2013, and in limited action, he was incredibly unimpressive. The 2009 sixth-round selection out of Purdue completed eight of only 16 attempts, two of which were intercepted. He did not throw a touchdown pass.
But the real pressure to perform is not on Painter. Instead, it's on Nassib, the Giants' fourth-round selection in 2013. With Manning entrenched as the starter, the Nassib pick, which the Giants traded up to make, did not come without criticism from the fanbase.
Those same fans who lambasted the pick are now reveling in their opportunity to say, "I told you so."
Jordan Raanan of NJ.com and Connor Orr of The Star-Ledger have described Nassib as a "train wreck" so far in camp, inspiring little comfort in case Manning is injured. The Giants also had Josh Freeman and Rusty Smith under contract earlier in the offseason, but the terms of both deals were terminated before training camp opened.
The Giants are once again banking on the health of Manning, who is still riding the league's longest active iron-man streak (for a quarterback) despite an ankle injury that forced him out of action in Week 17 last year.
*All statistical information courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.
Kevin is a New York Giants Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter here.