But for Davis Webb, this is the opportunity he’s been waiting for.
At some point during this season’s final five games, the 22-year-old will get a chance under center, as Big Blue gets to kick the tires on the draft pick and bring along his development. The decision to bench Manning, the most successful quarterback in franchise history, is being hotly debated in light of the Giants’ disappointing 2-9 record.
But the silver lining to this all is that the Giants will get a chance to evaluate Webb, their third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. For the rookie, who has yet to see a single snap this season, preparation for this week’s game at the Oakland Raiders is no different than previous weeks.
“It doesn’t affect my preparation,” Webb said. “I’ve said this before, I get up here pretty early and I stay here pretty dang late and I always prepare like if my opportunity came tomorrow, I’d be ready and I approached it that way since the day I got here,” Webb said on Tuesday. “It doesn’t really affect much, but right now, I’m going to be the best teammate I can be for [Eli] and Geno [Smith] and we’re going to try to help us win our game on Sunday. But, it doesn’t affect anything.”
His pedigree is certainly solid.
After three years at Texas Tech, Webb transferred to Cal for his final season. He threw for nearly 4,300 yards and 37 touchdowns with 12 interceptions.
He certainly is not a finished product, but the 6-foot-5, 230-pound signal caller has some intriguing tools to develop. The Giants announced that Smith will start on Sunday, but promised that Webb will see time over the next few games as the season comes to a close.
Over these past five games, Webb will benefit from Manning being there to guide him along and easy his learning process. The consummate teammate despite Tuesday’s gut-punch news of his benching, Manning promised to be in the trenches with Webb and Smith.
“I told Geno I’d be here for him and I sat down with him today, and going over the script and going over plays to just make sure he’s comfortable with everything and knows how to go out there and give him a chance to be successful,” Manning said.
Webb called Manning the “best teammate I’ve ever had in my life.”