The New York Giants are going to have to do something about their quarterback situation before their Sept. 9 season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Aren’t they? They can’t possibly keep four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. Can they?
NYG kept 4 QBs in 1992 - Simms, Hostetler, Graham,Brown. Would be surprised if that’s the case this season.— Vinny DiTrani (@sageman01) September 1, 2018
Well, OK. They could. Because it’s been done before. And because that is what they have now after their initial 53-man roster was announced.
But, will they? Highly unlikely.
Much of the suspense on Saturday as the clock ticked toward the 4 p.m. ET 53-man roster deadline was about what the Giants were going to do at quarterback.
There were early reports that Alex Tanney had been cut. Then, he wasn’t cut and the Giants were looking to get something in exchange for him. Then, reports were that it might be Davis Webb, drafted by then-GM Jerry Reese, who the Giants were looking to unload.
Then, nothing happened. The Giants kept all four. But, it seems untenable that they would do that for the entire season. Or, really, any part of the season.
I asked Mark Schofield, quarterback guru at Inside the Pylon and a contributor here at Big Blue View, for thoughts on teams that could be in the market for quarterbacks.
Chris Pflum chimed in with this list of possibilities:
Webb: Jacksonville or Carolina (both unlikely because of schedule), maybe the Chargers (I don’t think they have a plan in place for post-Rivers. Maybe Detroit (showed out against them, and has a similar arm to Stafford).
Lauletta: New England - they loved him and he’s similar to Jimmy G who Belichick and McDaniels liked (IIRC). Maybe Green Bay as well (scheme fit in the WCO, and they traded Brett Hundley).
Tanney: Anywhere that either has an established vet without a clear back-up or a young QB who could use a mentor. Maybe some place like Kansas City, Cleveland (if they think he’s better than Drew Stanton), Buffalo. Maybe some place like Green Bay for the same reason as Lauletta (no clear back-up and a scheme fit.) Maybe the Chargers as well.
I don’t have any idea what’s going to happen. But, something is going to happen. It has to.
Your thoughts, Giants fans.