Can third-round pick Davis Webb be the heir apparent to Eli Manning as franchise quarterback of the New York Giants? Maybe, but that is probably still a few seasons down the road — if it happens at all.
What can the Giants get from the rookie now? Let’s take a closer look as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the team’s 90-man roster.
2016 Season In Review
Webb succeeded 2016 first overall pick Jared Goff as quarterback at Cal, and put up big numbers. He completed 382-of-620 passes (61.6 percent) for 4.295 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. That was a passer rating of 135.6.
Webb was the fifth quarterback selected in the draft.
2017 Season Outlook
If everything goes the way it is expected to go, the only time you are going to see Webb in action this season is during training camp or in preseason games. The upcoming season is supposed to be a red-shirt year for Webb, who is facing a big adjustment after playing in a no-huddle Air Raid offense during his collegiate career.
Unless things go awry, the only times you see Webb during the regular season should be when cameras show him on the sidelines wearing a baseball cap.
When the Giants drafted Webb, head coach Ben McAdoo made it clear he did not expect to see Webb playing as a rookie.
“I think it’s tough to come into the league and be a number two. I don’t think there are very many guys, even in this draft, that can come in and be a number two quarterback,” McAdoo said. “I think it’s challenging, it’s asking an awful lot. It’s a different game and it’s a challenge. It’s a benefit to be able to sit behind especially a veteran quarterback and learn. It goes a long way.”
So, even if something happens to Manning don’t expect the Giants to turn to Webb just yet. Someday, just not quite yet.