There is only one on-field story anyone seems to care about with the New York Giants as they play out the string of a 2-12 season. Will rookie quarterback Davis Webb ever get to wear a uniform during a 2017 regular-season game, much less actually play in one?
The answer to that will apparently be no for the Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Just like it has for the previous 14 games under both former coach Ben McAdoo and current interim coach Steve Spagnuolo.
Spagnuolo said Friday that Webb will remain the third quarterback on the depth chart behind Eli Manning and Geno Smith. He said he did not think the Giants would activate three quarterbacks on Sunday.
“I don’t think we’d be able to do that, it’s just too tricky with 46 [active players],” he said.
So, the Webb hysteria will continue. In my view, it borders on ridiculousness at this point.
Sure, everyone would like to see him play. Me, too. Some live snaps would probably help his development. As I have said repeatedly, though, nothing Webb does — or does not do — at this point in the season is going to change the Giants’ future plans at quarterback.
Getting him some snaps would pacify some fans who have been screaming for that for weeks — though it would probably stir up just as much “why didn’t the Giants do it earlier?” chatter.
Playing Webb, though, isn’t going to change whether or not the Giants keep Manning or draft a quarterback for next season.
Spagnuolo has been put in a difficult spot and I won’t blame him no matter what decision he makes. It’s not his fault that McAdoo chose not to prep Webb to play once the Giants fell to 0-5. Even though Webb got some first-team reps this week, it’s too late to undo the past.
Maybe Webb will play a little, or even a lot, in the season finale against the Washington Redskins. I just can’t get worked up about it either way.