Nothing about the New York Giants has looked good this year, and that includes quarterback play.
Whether due to age or circumstance—his receiving corps has been decimated by injury and is playing behind inarguably the worst offensive line in the NFL—or both, the team is on the lookout for Eli Manning’s replacement.
“Eli, he’s our quarterback,” said articulate Giants head coach Ben McAdoo about the team’s situation under center for the rest of the season. “But that doesn’t mean, at some point in time, we won’t throw another guy in there to get a look at him.”
Weeks into the team’s brutal 2017 campaign, co-owner John Mara ordered scouts to begin digging into the cream of this year’s crop of NFL-bound college quarterbacks, according to a report from ESPN.
Marc Ross, the team’s vice president of player evaluation who runs their drafts, personally scouted UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen recently, one of three college QBs projected to get selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft along with USC’s Sam Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen.
Darnold, who in many scouts’ eyes will be the No. 1 overall selection, hasn’t yet decided whether he’ll leave college a year early for the 2018 draft.
Also under consideration to become Eli Manning’s replacement: Davis Webb, whom the Giants drafted out of Cal in the third round this past offseason. He has yet to even suit up for the team, but with the Giants out of it, he might see the field before the year is done.
The Giants are 1-7, and while Manning’s personal numbers haven’t been terrible (he’s posting the lowest interception percentage of his career, and has 12 touchdowns to six picks on 63.2 percent passing halfway through the season), the team’s offense with him at the helm has.
Manning, 36, has started 171 consecutive games, the third-longest streak for a quarterback in NFL history.