EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It is sounding more and more like the Giants will finish out this season without ever getting a meaningful look at rookie quarterback Davis Webb.
Though no one will say it officially, it appears the plan they hatched to evaluate Webb two weeks ago when they decided to bench Eli Manning has now been scrapped. Manning's starting job has been returned, and interim coach Steve Spagnuolo said "I don't feel that changing."
He also doesn't feel that elevating Webb from third-string to second-string over the final three weeks of the season would accomplish anything at all.
"I'm not sure what would be gained, other than if something happened to the starting quarterback and he goes in," Spagnuolo said on Monday. "There is tremendous preparation in this young man to be a quarterback in the NFL. This is what I'll talk to (offensive coordinator) Mike (Sullivan) and (quarterbacks coach) Frank (Cignetti) about: Is it that much more of an advantage to have him standing on the sideline as the second, than there is in having him stand on the sideline as a deactivated player?"
When it was pointed out that the second-team quarterback would get more reps in practice, Spagnuolo conceded "That's a pretty good example. So there you go."
In fairness to Spagnuolo, he spent the first 12 weeks of the season as the Giants defensive coordinator, so he wasn't involved in the Giants' strange plan to get a look at Webb down the stretch - the one that involved letting Manning start and playing either Webb or Geno Smith in the second halves of their remaining games. Spagnuolo doesn't seem to have any desire to see Webb in action, and it seems clear he hasn't been told to put him in either.
No one has said why the Giants' quarterback plan has changed, even though they're a near-lock to have one of the top three picks in the 2018 draft. That means they'll have to decide whether to draft a quarterback like USC's Sam Darnold or UCLA's Josh Rosen without ever having seen Webb, their third-round pick, in a game.
In fact, at this point, Spagnuolo isn't even sure he'd be comfortable putting Webb in a game. "I don't know," he said. "I can't answer that. I don't know that I have enough of a feel. I would have to ask the offensive coaches that."
He said only it's "a pretty safe assessment" he plans to stick with Manning because his focus is solely on winning games.
"Anything prior to, I was not privy to at all," Spagnuolo said. "But I can tell you this: The way that I'm going to function, the way I think we should function, is to take this one week at a time with the goal being beating the next opponent, and whatever is best to do that."