Now, for all of those about to think “obviously, he can’t win the backup job,” you’re right. What he can win is the future, and he has all the intangibles to take the backup role from Smith within the next year.
Smith was a highly-touted prospect out of West Virginia, and showed serious potential on the New York Jets. But, as we all know, players that go to the Jets automatically suffer the consequences of poor coaching and a floundering front-office.
Smith was only so lucky to land with a world-class franchise like the New York Giants in an attempt to revive his career. So far, the work ethic is there and he has shown promise through his hard work and ‘mind to the grind’ mentality.
Smith is clearly the favorite to win the backup role, and will most likely be the man dressing on Sundays in case Eli Manning goes down (knock on wood).
Despite Smith’s experience and head-start in the race, former Cal quarterback Davis Webb is showing his guns, and they’re big.
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Webb is a prototypical Giants quarterback, standing tall with little mobility, but he has the mental attributes and physical qualities to develop into a franchise quarterback.
Most teams didn’t see Webb as a third-round selection, but Jerry Reese and the Giants front office were convinced otherwise.
Webb has struggled with accuracy and velocity throughout his college career, but these are issues that can be fixed with a little strength conditioning and fine tweaking of his throwing motion.
Geno Smith has also suffered from accuracy problems, and often threw several interceptions a game when manning the helm with the Jets.
Both quarterbacks acquire similar issues, so it should be interesting to see them battle it out in camp.