EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It doesn't sound like the Giants are getting ready for Davis Webb to make his debut any time soon.
The rookie quarterback has spent the entire season holding the clip board as the third-string quarterback, and all indications are that will continue to be his role. Giants quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti Jr. said on Friday that Webb is still in the "same routine" he's had for every week this season -- mostly working on the scout team and splitting those reps with backup quarterback Geno Smith.
If the Giants were planning to play Webb, even in mop-up action late in a game down the stretch, they'd likely change his practice routine and begin to get him extra practice reps. But Cignetti indicated -- and several players have confirmed this week -- that hasn't happened yet.
"You know, he's young, he's in a great situation here. There's no hurry," Cignetti said. "He's in a great situation to learn from Eli (Manning) and Geno. He's doing a great job in the class room, a great job on the practice field."
Cignetti said that even with limited reps he has seen improvement in the third-round pick from Cal, just as he did last offseason when he evaluated him leading up to draft day.
"Watching Davis at the Senior Bowl, watching him at the combine, you could see his growth and development from playing at Cal," Cignetti said. "He's making tremendous progress. He's a joy to be around. He's a joy to coach."
Cignetti did admit, though, that "of course you'd get a fuller evaluation of anybody with game action" - and that's why there's been so much speculation about the Giants playing Webb. With their season spiraling towards a potential Top 5 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, they need to make a good evaluation of Webb before they decide whether to draft another quarterback.
But according to multiple team sources, there are no current plans to play Webb this season. That could change as the season slips further into the abyss. But for now, Manning is entrenched as the starter and Smith is expected to remain the No. 2.
"Well, that's why the classroom work is imperative," Cignetti said. "The growth of understanding defenses, understandingthe offense, going out and taking advantage of every rep in practice. Geno and Davis, they split the reps in scout team. They compete. They've got something really special going on out there between each other. You just continually see the growth every week."