The New York Giants have decided to waive backup quarterback Davis Webb who only lasted one full season for Big Blue.
The New York Giants have made one of the more stunning moves in the “preseason cut” timeframe of this year. One day after announcing four quarterbacks to be on the final 53-man roster, backup Davis Webb has been waived according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.
A stunning move to say the least. The Giants drafted Webb in the third round of the 2017 draft out of Cal. The optimism over his improvement became one of the reasons the Giants didn’t draft a quarterback in the first round. He was to be known by many, and was expected, to be the “quarterback of the future” when Eli Manning said goodbye to the game.
Now that Webb is gone, the Giants seem to be taking a look at other quarterbacks on the roster as far as the future is concerned. Kyle Lauletta, rookie fourth-round draft pick out of Richmond, now gets bumped up to the second-string spot. Veteran quarterback Alex Tanney thus lands as the third-stringer, now participating in an emergency quarterback role.
This move now becomes interesting for what the future holds for Big Blue at the quarterback position. Yes, they could be looking at their current backups, but will they be looking to draft a quarterback next season? Manning’s contract does run out at the end of 2019, therefore the Giants may be optimistic that he contains two dominant years left in him.
However, many were upset with the Giants taking Saquon Barkley in this year’s draft instead of a future franchise quarterback. In a draft that included the likes of Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen, some fans believed the Giants could’ve taken advantage of the stacked quarterback class. However, the Giants seem to be back to square one in those regards with the release of Webb.
The now-former Giant should be able to find work in the NFL. Many organizations could use a backup, and Davis Webb has the tools and work ethic to become a beneficial pickup for numerous teams.