Davis Webb did not play last night in the New York Giants 10 to 6 loss against the Cleveland Browns. The Giants offense has not scored a touchdown yet this preseason. It is obvious that Eli Manning will be the starting quarterback week one for the Giants, but Geno Smith and Josh Johnson are making the backup quarterback competition more open for rookie Davis Webb to win.
Not only is it more open for Webb, but I think he is going to be the backup week one. Davis Webb was supposed to be a project this season and he wasn’t supposed to be mentioned to become the backup. Webb came from a gimmick California offense and had to work on his footwork in the offseason with the Giants.
New York is very pleased in how long he has come along. In the only preseason game he played in against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Webb completed 8 out of 16 passes for 67 yards. He only got sacked once and Webb can roll out of the pocket well and make the right decision.
I would expect Webb to play more on Saturday Night against the New York Jets and in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots. Last season at California, Webb completed 382 out of 620 passes for 4,295 yards 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns last season.
Geno Smith hasn’t been all that impressive this season and there is a reason why the New York Jets got rid of him. Smith threw an ill-advised interception last night in the redzone and also called an unnecessary timeout. Smith has gotten sacked four times, but a couple of them was a result of holding onto the football for too long. Smith has completed 21 passes out of 33 attempts in the preseason for 193 yards and two interceptions.
Josh Johnson hasn’t been much better either. He has gotten sacked three times and one of those times Johnson held the ball for too long. He has completed 7 passes out of 14 attempts in the preseason for 37 yards. Johnson and Wayne Gallman fumbled an exchange on Johnson’s first play.
Smith and Johnson can’t really throw the ball down the field with accuracy and Webb has a better shot at it. If Eli Manning ever got hurt, Davis Webb would be the only hope to save the Giants at the quarterback position.