Tom Coughlin told us yesterday that we'd have to wait and see how much his backup quarterbacks would play tomorrow night in Pittsburgh and it which order he would play them.
"I think we'll try to get them all in," the coach said. When asked who would come in after Eli Manning and David Carr, all he would say was "Don’t worry about it. You’ll see it..."
The reason why he was asked is because the Giants have a new face in the group: rookie Ryan Nassib out of Syracuse.
Nassib will surely be on the roster come September, but right now he has to fend off Curtis Painter for playing time as the third QB. He was asked how much he might play Saturday night.
"I do not know...leave that up to the coaches," he said. "First off, it’s a dream to be able to play in an NFL game, regardless of its preseason or regular season. I’m excited, ready to get out there and play somebody else. It’s going to be a fun week."
Nassib right now is still trying to fit in with the Giants and knows there is much to learn:
"Coming into a new offense and trying to learn a whole new system, there’s going to be struggles every day, especially when you put in new stuff. Really, my main emphasis to work on this weekend is to know what the game plan is, have that down and then, as we go on, continuing to improve."
David Carr, the Giants' primary backup QB, was thrown to the wolves as a rookie with the expansion Texans back in 2002. Nassib is in a different position. He may not play a down for several seasons with Eli the Iron Man and Carr in front of him.
Carr says it’s different for Nassib because he doesn’t have the pressure of having to be ready for the regular season in four weeks, like he did...
"It’s a little bit different, because you knew you still had 20 or so games ahead of you. But yeah, I think you kind of treat it the same though. A football game is a football game. He’s going to go out there and make his calls and go to his reads and he’ll learn. And whether it’s good or bad, he’s going to learn. I think that’s the key. If you stop learning, that’s where you stop getting better. He’s got a long way to go, but he’s got the right attitude."
Nassib may have been the best QB prospect in the draft. The Giants saw him drop to the fourth round and traded up to get him. Carr has had time to study the rookie's progress, since it's his primary job to get Nassib up to speed.
"Good or bad, he throws the ball well," said Carr. "I think he’s got good mechanics, and he wants to learn. I think that’s the most important, honestly. You get young guys in here sometimes, not necessarily at the QB position, but they don’t care to learn. They’re going to rest on their athletic ability. It’s not like they don’t want to do it, it’s just in their nature. Ryan’s not that way. He’s taking good notes, writing stuff down; he doesn’t necessarily make the same mistake twice. I think that’s the key."
Whether Nassib will see significant playing time this summer is still up in the air, but Carr feels Nassib will get a chance to showcase his talents...
"I think Ryan’s going to get his reps. He’s gotten a lot of reps out there in the preseason so far, just in the practice. So you kind of get a feel of how it’s going to shake down. I’ll get my share here and we’ll see how it works. And then he’ll be in there. They want to see what he can do. I’m fine with that. I’ve been around long enough, and I’ve known Coach Coughlin for a long time. They know what I can do. I’m just going to try to help some young guys. Help Ryan, especially, when he’s in, try to coach him up and give him some advice. He’ll play a lot."