"I got a chance," he said. "That's all I ever asked for and all I ever wanted. I'll take it."
He not only took it, but he took advantage of it, posting an impressive season with the Cologne Centurions.
"He has good arm strength and learns the game fast," Coughlin said. "I read about him every week. We studied him. We watched his tape."
What Coughlin saw was a 6-5, 240-pounder that started all 10 games, and completed 174 of 280 passes for a league-high 2,003 yards and 16 touchdowns. Van Dyke also carried 42 times for 157 yards and three touchdowns.
"He's intriguing," GM Ernie Accorsi said. "We're overstocked at quarterback, but in my opinion, it's like a pitching staff – you can't have enough."
The Giants currently have five QBs on board. Eli Manning and Kurt Warner are locks, which leaves Van Dyke fighting with Palmer and rookie free agent Jared Lorenzen for one, or possibly two, roster spots.
"Eli and Kurt are the guys," Van Dyke said. "I'm just trying to battle for my own spot."
While Van Dyke certainly enjoyed his European Vacation, he was glad to be back in New Jersey.
"Trying to talk to people over there was tough," he said. "It was total culture shock. There were times I was wondering what the heck I was doing there."
Van Dyke said he lost 15 pounds in Germany because the food wasn't exactly up to his liking.
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