The long days of training camp have taken it's toll on many NFL rookie players so far this summer. Many first year pros have had to adapt and grow into the speed and knowledge the NFL. Ryan Nassib, the New York Giants fourth round pick this past NFL draft is no different. Being a rookie quarterback, Nassib has had to learn the hardest tasks that the position in the NFL has to offer coming out of the college ranks. Nassib is lucky because he has not only a two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning to learn from, but also a mentor in fellow backup quarterback David Carr.
Carr was the first pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans out of Fresno State University. The Texans, who were then starting their first season as an NFL franchise, put all their success in the hands of Carr who would have to rise from being an ordinary college kid to the face of an NFL team on day one.
Now Carr, who is in his sixth year as the backup quarterback for the Giants, is happy to start helping young QB's like Nassib succeed coming into the NFL.
"I'll try and help whoever's in there," said Carr. "I think that's the key for me, and what I've always done in the preseason, just in the last few years since I've not been starting. Those guys that are in there, those guys are trying to make the team. They're trying to get a job."
Carr has metnored a number of the younger players trying to make the G-Men's 53 man roster. The veteran signal-caller is readily imparting his knowledge and experience on Big Blue's youth movement.
"They're trying to do something that I've been blessed to do for the last 12 years," explained Carr. "I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that they know what they're doing, and that there's no confusion. That's the worst thing that can happen in a preseason game. You see a lot of bad football in preseason games. That's one thing I don't want to happen with my groups. If we're going to get beat, we're going to get beat knowing who to block, what route to run, and making good decisions"
Carr's main focus throughout training camp will be to help mentor Nassib. Carr gave his assesment of Nassib's performance so far.
"Good or bad, he throws the ball well. I think he's got good mechanics, and he wants to learn," noted Carr. "I think that's the most important, honestly."
Carr tooke special notice to Nassib's coachability.
"You get young guys in here sometimes, not necessarily at the QB position, but they don't care to learn," noted Carr. "They're going to rest on their athletic ability. It's not like they don't want to do it, it's just in their nature. Ryan's not that way. He's taking good notes, writing stuff down; he doesn't necessarily make the same mistake twice. I think that's the key."
During training camp Carr has been helping Nassib prepare for their first preseason against the Steelers, Saturday night.
"It's hard to tell because so much of it is based on who's in there with him and who he's going against," Carr about how he thinks Nassib will perform. "He could mess around and get in there with some guys that have experience on the other side of the ball. He could also be in there and have some young guys make some plays for him. It's really touchy in the preseason because you just don't know."
Carr also says that during the game he will in Nassib's earpiece to help him out the best he can.
"I'm just going to try to help some young guys," noted Carr. "Help Ryan, especially, when he's in, try to coach him up and give him some advice. He'll play a lot."
Now a mentor to younger player much like a coach, Carr might be coaching a player that could take his spot on the Giants roster.
"It kind of ties in. When you're out there coaching and you help, you're doing what you're supposed to be doing," Carr added. "You're going to do the right thing, for the most part." With said Carr would say it best on the scenario saying "Whatever happens is in God's hands. It really is."