Giants' Position Battles: Backup QB, David Carr Or Sage Rosenfels?

Quarterback coach Mike Sullivan of the New York Giants speaks Eli Manning (10), David Carr (8,) Ryan Perrilloux (5), and Sage Rosenfels (18) take part in practice at New Meadowlands Sports Complex on August 8, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Who would you rather see as the New York Giants backup quarterback this season, Sage Rosenfels or David Carr? Which veteran the team chooses to keep as caddy for Eli Manning is one of the more intriguing questions about the 53-man roster that will be answered over the next couple of weeks.

Carr should get his first game action of the preseason Monday. He is scheduled to follow Manning when the Giants play the Chicago Bears at the soon-to-be MetLife Stadium. Rosenfels, who has been ill for the past few days, may or may not play. He was impressive in the preseason opener against Carolina, going 13-for-19 for 129 yards.

Tough to tell if one guy has the advantage at this point. Rosenfels, of course, was the backup last season but never threw a pass. He does have the advantage of currently being the holder on field goals and extra points. Carr was the backup for the two seasons prior to that and his exodus for San Francisco as a free agent necessitated the trade for Rosenfels and Darius Reynaud.

Let's look at a tale of the tape:

Sage Rosenfels

Age: 33
Height: 6-4
Weight:
222 lbs.
Experience: 9 seasons
Record As Starter: 6-6
Career Passing Stats: 351-for-562, (62.4%), 4156 yards, 30 TDs, 29 INTs
Career QB Rating: 81.4

David Carr

Age: 32
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215 lbs.
Experience: 9 seasons
Record As Starter: 23-56
Passing Stats: 1351-for-2264 (59.7%), 14433 yards, 65 TDs, 71 INTs
Career QB Rating: 74.9

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