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.