Giants coach Ben McAdoo on Tuesday said the team is undergoing a "complete evaluation" of the roster -- starting at the quarterback position -- as Geno Smith prepares to start in place of Eli Manning on Sunday.
McAdoo said he is "confident" in Smith, who will face the Raiders in his first start with the Giants, but also said the team would also "take a look" at QB Davis Webb this season.
"It's part of the evaluation process," McAdoo said. "Geno has come in. He's done everything that we've asked him to do. Won the backup job and want to throw him out there and see how he performs. We feel we can put a good plan together and put him in position to help us win this ball game."
McAdoo said he still has confidence in Manning and that it is not the end of his tenure in New York, but added that the evaluation process allows the team to look forward to next season.
McAdoo, who confirmed that he spoke with ownership and GM Jerry Reese, said the original plan was to allow Manning to start the first half and insert Smith into the game in the second half. But after Manning declined, the team opted to have Smith start the game.
"I brought him in, you know, had a chance to think about it over the weekend and I brought him in yesterday," he said. "We sat down and talked about it and left it overnight to think about it a little bit more and then we talked about it this morning and decided on this is the best direction for the team."
When asked, the Giants' coach left the door open to the possibility of Manning returning to play for the Giants next season.
"It's part of the evaluation process," he said. "Absolutely."
In 11 games for the Giants this season, Manning has logged 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In preseason action, Smith threw 1 touchdown, two interceptions, and was sacked seven times.