New York Giants Davis Webb
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There was a surprise at the New York Giants practice on Wednesday as rookie quarterback Davis Webb took snaps with the first team offense.

Rookie quarterback Davis Webb, who has been inactive all season, took part in a drill that matched the first team offense, against the first team defense at New York Giants practice on Wednesday. It was the first time all season that Webb took snaps with the first team offense.

You’d figure with him finally participating with the first team offense that he’s bound to see his first NFL action either this week against the Arizona Cardinals or in the season finale on New Year’s Eve against the Washington Redskins.

“We’re amping him up a little bit,” head coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I’ve told you before he’s always preparing like he’s going to be a two or playing in the game, so preparation is always the same. I just wanted to make sure we got him some reps on the field.”

There’s a cloud over the future of Eli Manning in the Big Apple after he was benched for Geno Smith in the Giants’ Week 13 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders and the fact that he’ll turn 37 in January.

New York is almost locked in to have a top-three pick in the upcoming draft which means either UCLA’s Josh Rosen or USC’s Sam Darnold will be available for them to draft. So, albeit it might be a small sample size, it’s imperative that the Giants get Webb some playing time this season to see if he has the potential to be the heir apparent to Manning, or if they need to draft another quarterback.

When the Giants selected Webb in the third round this past draft, then general manager Jerry Reese said he had the strongest arm of any quarterback in the draft.

He has impressed the Giants in practice with his arm strength, work ethic, and his ability to listen and grasp the offense. But nothing can prepare a young player than actual game action. It seems like we’re close to seeing Davis Webb finally getting on the field.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.