Giants' GM Jerry Reese surprised Giant fans this afternoon by trading up to select Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. The team has been searching for a longterm solution to back up Eli Manning and Nassib is their kind of player. Here's what Reese had to say about Nassib today:
(Ryan) Nassib, the highest player on our board, so we talked about it early this morning that if he was still there, there was no way we were going to pass him up again because he has too much value. We?ve been thinking about developing a quarterback behind Eli (Manning) for a while now and we think this is a perfect opportunity for us to get a young quarterback with a lot of talent ? very smart, high test score, very productive, and again the value was too high for us to move on from. When (USC Quarterback Matt) Barkley went, we were like, ?Wow, this guy is not going to be there? and so we thought it was in our best interest to move up a few spots if we could and we made several calls and finally got somebody who wanted to make the trade and we did it.Q: It?s interesting that you pick a guy who is highly rated, but I assume you hope he doesn?t ever really play for you??A: Yeah, if he doesn?t ever play, that would be great. That?s a good problem to have. If he needs to play, we?re hoping that whatever time that is that he?ll be up and ready to go if it ever happens that way. With respect to how many quarterbacks we?ll keep on the roster, we don?t know. We used to keep three quarterbacks all the time and I think we went to two for the last several years and usually have a guy on the practice squad. We could very well keep three quarterbacks, so we?ll make that decision when it?s time. Right now we have four quarterbacks on the roster.
Q: Does he have special teams value??A: No, he?s just a quarterback. I don?t think it?s in our best interest to play him on special teams.