Webb Waits Patiently for His Shot

Davis Webb is slated to be the backup quarterback behind incumbent starter Eli Manning this season.

The second-year New York Giants signal caller won’t win the starting job anytime soon, but the 23-year-old Webb has managed to make more progress in his development despite not taking a single snap during his rookie campaign.

Webb’s future — at least in the near-term — will be dedicated to continuing his growth while serving as the No. 2 behind Manning.

It isn’t a glamorous role, but for a quarterback who came into the NFL needing refining, the time on the sidelines can only be beneficial.

Afterall, Manning, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who has twice been a Super Bowl MVP, isn’t going anywhere. Webb will have all the time he needs to fine-tune his game.

That doesn’t mean that Webb, who threw for just shy of 4,300 yards and had 37 touchdown passes to just 12 interceptions during his senior year at California, won’t make any progress this year. He could very well be the future starting quarterback for the Giants and would be the man who assumes the reigns from the best quarterback in franchise history.

No pressure, though.

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“My job description, in my opinion, is to be the hardest working player on the team, be the best teammate on the team and to try to be the best I possibly can at quarterback,” Webb said this week. “If that’s the backup, third string or maybe even the first guy, just do the best you can, be the best teammate you can and be the hardest worker. I don’t make decisions like that, I just try to do those same three things each and every day.”

Webb has a great arm and is capable of making all the throws. He can fit passes into tight windows. He has the requisite size and strength to be a starting quarterback in the NFL as well as some decent mobility.

His college numbers and his pedigree point towards someone who could grow into a starting quarterback.

For now, Webb will need to bide his time patiently. He needs to get better at reading defenses and ball placement. He’s made strides with his footwork, but still needs to — pardon the pun — take the next step forward.

Thursday night’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns should be a good gauge of Webb’s development. He figures to get a fair share of snaps alongside Kyle Lauletta, the Richmond quarterback, who was taken in the fourth-round pick in this spring’s NFL Draft.

“I think the biggest thing is just translating what I’m doing on the practice field to the games,” he said. “Take what the defense gives me, not try to do too much. I have a habit of doing that sometimes. When I’m really feeling good and there is a tight window, I feel like I can make most of them. Sometimes it gets us in trouble. I just have to play smart and play the best I can. I think that will be plenty good enough.”

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