EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants backup quarterback competition is starting to take shape.
Eli Manning is the unequivocal starter. Geno Smith and Josh Johnson are battling for the backup job, and appear set to take most of the second-team snaps. That’s become clear during the first two days of training camp. Rookie Davis Webb will work with the third team and fit in where he can fit in throughout his first camp.
When the Giants ran live drills Saturday for the first time this summer, Smith received the first crack at working with the second-team offense after being limited throughout the spring. He was recovering from a torn ACL suffered last year with the New York Jets.
Smith struggled early during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. His accuracy and timing were off. One throw to the flat forced the receiver to the ground in order to make the catch. Another throw to the sideline sailed wide in the Meadowlands wind.
Smith wasn’t sharp, but Johnson didn’t light it up, either. He was slightly better and more decisive.
It’s important to remember this was only the second day of training camp. It was only the first day of live drills. The plan for this summer with Smith, Johnson and even Webb appears to be that they’ll all receive some opportunities to snag the backup job, even if Webb is the obvious long shot.
“We’re going to roll them all in there, give them a chance to get some reps,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo said. “Whether it’s two, whether it’s three, whether it’s four, we’ll roll all of those…
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