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Giants sign Rusty Smith

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The Giants are expected to be without quarterback Eli Manning during OTAs as a result of ankle surgery and it seems they may be planning to have a different quarterback standing in for him every day of the week.

Ryan Nassib, Curtis Painter and Josh Freeman were already on hand to handle any of the team’s quarterbacking needs in the near future, but the Giants have gone ahead and added another name to the mix. The team announced Monday that they have signed Rusty Smith to their growing bullpen.

Smith was a sixth-round pick of the Titans in 2010 and spent the last four seasons in Tennessee as a backup to a variety of quarterbacks. He saw action in three games, made one start in his rookie season and finished his run with the Titans with 23 completions in 45 attempts for 234 yards and four interceptions.

Unless they try something really different from anything that’s been tried before, the Giants aren’t going to devote four roster spots to backup quarterbacks so Manning’s absence should lead to a competition for camp spots.

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16 Responses to “Giants sign Rusty Smith”
  1. devildog911 says: Apr 28, 2014 11:29 AM

    How many clipboard holders do they need?

  2. randy2054 says: Apr 28, 2014 11:45 AM

    Of the four listed, in my honest opinion Curtis painter is the least talented of the four just my opinion this is why the NFL so desperately needs a developmental league get some of these fellows a chance to develop their skills rather than just holding clipboards on the sidelines

  3. milkmandanimal says: Apr 28, 2014 11:46 AM

    A few years ago Josh Freeman was looking to be one of the next great QBs, and now he’s competing for a backup job against a guy named “Rusty”. How the mighty have fallen . . .

  4. ttommytom says: Apr 28, 2014 11:46 AM

    Lose all of them and give me David Carr back…

  5. nonetruerthanblue says: Apr 28, 2014 12:01 PM

    Two words…head scratcher.

  6. DrSteveBrule says: Apr 28, 2014 12:03 PM

    “I got a good name for this car, Rusty.”

  7. phillyguyindc says: Apr 28, 2014 12:05 PM

    If that’s Rusty, they’re real.

  8. britishraven says: Apr 28, 2014 12:23 PM

    How is this guy still in the league!?!?!?

  9. mythaimyke says: Apr 28, 2014 12:25 PM

    Already having 2nd thoughts about Freeman!

  10. harveyredman says: Apr 28, 2014 12:38 PM

    45 attempts and 4 Int’s??!! Wow, what a talent.

    Do GM’s hate Vince Young that much that a scrub like this is hanging around the league, and a guy with a 30-17 record can’t catch on anywhere as a back-up….? SMH

  11. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 28, 2014 12:39 PM

    You sure his last name isn’t Griswalda

  12. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 28, 2014 12:40 PM


  13. homerx says: Apr 28, 2014 1:31 PM

    They will look to trade Nassib on draft day to move up a few picks in either round 1 or 2. Freeman wins the backup job. If they bring back Lorenzen all bets are off.

  14. metrocritical says: Apr 28, 2014 2:14 PM

    The history books aren’t exactly replete with great sports heroes named Rusty. Depending on the time of season, however, the airwaves are often filled with athletes described as rusty.

  15. ctgiant says: Apr 28, 2014 3:40 PM

    Painter a career back-up to Peyton will not make it long. Nassib is a trade waiting to happen, Rusty, is well, Rusty, gone too.
    Enter Josh Freeman, a 60 game starter for the Buc’s who had a nutcase HC Schiano and has all the tools at 26 years old, who is taking this chance to make that one lousy game and learn this new offensive, like Eli.
    I watched this kid’s interview on, and if he can regain his confidence, he might be holding the clip board, with a real chance behind Eli?

  16. tennesseetitan78 says: Apr 28, 2014 3:58 PM

    0TD’s and 4INT’s …sounds like a perfect fit to be Eli’s back-up..

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