The New York Giants seem to be seriously searching for a third quarterback to keep on their 53-man roster. How else do you explain the constant shuffling of the third quarterback throughout the spring? They went from Josh Woodrum to B.J. Daniels after rookie minicamp, missed out on a waiver claim of Zach Mettenberger, then swapped out Daniels for Logan Thomas?
Does Thomas, already rejected by two NFL franchises in just two seasons, really have a chance to stick with the Giants? Or, is he just a placeholder until a more desirable option presents itself? Let's take a closer look at Thomas as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp later this month.
2015 Season in Review
The Arizona Cardinals gave up on Thomas, drafted in the fourth round in 2014. Arizona cut him in the preaseason, the Miami Dolphins signed him off waivers, cut him less than a week later and then added him to their practice squad. He was added to the Dolphins active roster in December, but never appeared in a game.
2016 Season Outlook
What we presented as a scouting report when the Giants were awarded Thomas on waivers a month ago still applies. So, let's rinse and repeat.
The most accurate thing you can about quarterback Logan Thomas, the new No. 3 quarterback for the New York Giants, is that he has not been very accurate.
Our friends at SB Nation's Miami Dolphins blog, The Phinsider, had a closeup look at Thomas since he spent last season on their practice squad. Here is what Kevin Nogle said about him:
"He spent most of the year on the practice squad, then was promoted to the active roster for the final three weeks when other teams came trying to poach him. The old coaching regime clearly saw potential in him, looking for him to eventually unseat Matt Moore as the backup quarterback to Ryan Tannehill, but he was beaten out this year as the heir-apparent to that number two spot by rookie Brandon Doughty - who seems to have incredible accuracy if not the arm strength of Thomas. The accuracy Doughty shows is the weakness that may have done in Thomas, who seems to spray balls around at times. He is definitely a project who can use the development time and is a fringe NFL player at this point, likely looking at a third quarterback or practice squad position, but do not expect him to be ready to step in if something were to happen to Eli Manning.
When we wrote on Friday about the Giants claiming Thomas, it was mentioned that the Dolphins were frustrated with his inaccuracy this spring.
Thomas lasted only one season after being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He went 1-for-9 passing and was bypassed for Ryan Lindley after Carson Palmer toward the end of the season.
While Thomas was recognized as a developmental project when he came into the league, it speaks volumes that two teams in two years have given up on him.
Thomas wasn't signed to unseat Ryan Nassib as the backup to Eli Manning. The Giants seem to be thinking ahead here, realizing that Nassib can be a free agent after this season and that he might leave to find a team that could give him a chance to compete for a starting job. Manning recently endorsed the idea that Nassib is good enough to be an NFL starter, and no matter what the former Syracuse QB says you know Nassib would like to find out how he stacks up.
Can the Giants succeed with Thomas where the Cardinals and Dolphins failed? If they can, he might stick around as the third quarterback. If they can't, the guess here is that the quarterback shuffle at the bottom of the roster will continue.