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Giants Roster Breakdown: Curtis Painter

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Curtis Painter is next as we continue player-by-player profiles for the New York Giants.

Curtis Painter is at left.
Curtis Painter is at left.
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Curtis Painter flopped trying to replace Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts. Could he succeed backing up Eli Manning with the New York Giants?

We look at Painter as our player-by-player breakdown of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp rolls along.

2012 Season In Review

Painter, 27, was out of the NFL last season after being released by the Baltimore Ravens at the end of training camp. In 2011, he was one of the plethora of quarterbacks the Indianapolis Colts used to try and replace the injured Peyton Manning. He played in nine games, starting eight. He completed 132-of-243 passes (54.3 percent) for six touchdowns, nine interceptions and a passer rating of 66.6. A sixth-round draft pick in 2009, he got into two games as a rookie.

2013 Outlook

When it comes to Painter, I have only one question. Why is he still on the roster? He was signed as insurance when David Carr, who eventually re-signed, was testing free agency and before the Giants drafted Ryan Nassib. Perhaps I already know the answer. Nassib still has yet to sign his rookie contract and it could simply be that Painter is on the roster as protection until Nassib puts pen to paper. No matter what, any scenario under which Painter were to make the 53-man roster is not a good scenario for the Giants.