An intriguing prospect in 2013 who generated first-round buzz but ultimately fell to round four, Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib has had a chance the last two seasons to prove that he should have gone higher.
This week, Nassib has commenced the process of going lower.
For the first time in camp this year, Nassib took third-team reps at practice, with Curtis Painter elevated to the second string.
Via Connor Orr of NJ.com, coach Tom Coughlin downplayed the moved. “They’ll work back and forth like that,” Coughlin said.
Merit may have been an issue. Which is good news for Painter and possibly bad news for Nassib.
“Well, he certainly did earn [it],” Coughlin said of Painter’s elevation. “But I’m not going to put them in any order for you and I’m not going to do it now, either. They’ll both have work with the seconds and they’ll both have work with the threes. We’ll decide later in the week how we’re going to play them.”
In the most recent preseason game against Pittsburgh, Nassib completed 12 of 21 passes for 81 yards. Painter was perfect, going seven for seven with 68 yards and a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that delivered the win.
Nassib continues to appear as the primary backup to Eli Manning on the team’s officially unofficial depth chart. The bigger question is whether the Giants will keep two quarterbacks or three — and if they keep three whether it’ll be the three currently on the roster.