Davis Webb will get to wear a uniform on game day for the first time in his NFL career on Sunday when the New York Giants face the Washington Redskins. Interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo announced Wednesday that Webb will be the backup quarterback, moving past Geno Smith on the depth chart.
“Davis Webb will be the second quarterback going into this game. Having said that, that’s no reflection on Geno (Smith),” Spagnuolo said. “Last week I told you all that we were going to try to get Davis Webb ready in case we could get him in the game. There’s no guarantees that we will get him in the game, but he will be the number two on Sunday.”
Eli Manning will start, tying Michael Strahan’s franchise record by playing in his 216th game as a Giant.
Webb, the team’s third-round pick, has been inactive for all 15 games thus far.
“It doesn’t affect my preparation. I’ve been working all year as if I was actually going to play,” Webb said.
Webb admitted he was “excited,” but didn’t know how ready he actually is to face NFL competition.
“I’m not sure. I’ve never played in an NFL game before. I have prepared very hard and I’ve taken pretty good notes from Eli and his routine, and Geno’s (Smith), and talking to Coach (Frank) Cignetti, Coach (Ben) McAdoo, Coach (Mike) Sullivan guys who have been around good quarterbacks before so I’ve taken a little bit from all of them and kind of utilize it to my routine,” he said. “So I think I’m doing just about everything I can do to be ready, but again, you never know until you play.”
Spagnuolo has been asked repeatedly since taking over for the fired Ben McAdoo about getting Webb into game action. McAdoo and former GM Jerry Reese apparently had a plan to get Webb playing time down the stretch, but it is not one Giants ownership chose to hold Spagnuolo to.
Whether Webb will see his first NFL game action at least adds a level of intrigue to Sunday’s game.