Davis Webb won’t have to go far in his first attempt to reclaim his NFL career, as he has joined the New York Jets’ practice squad.
Brian Costello of the New York Post was the first to report the signing.
Webb, 23, was the Giants’ third-round pick, 87th overall, in the 2017 draft, posting strong numbers at both Texas Tech and Cal-Berkley. The highest selection of a quarterback by the Giants since Eli Manning took over in 2004, some viewed Webb as the eventual heir to the Giants’ quarterback throne.
However, Webb did not see any action during the Giants’ lost 3-13 season during his rookie year, forced into warmup gear as he was placed behind Manning and Geno Smith on the depth chart. He did dress for the Giants’ season finale on Dec. 31 against Washington but did not play.
With the Giants drafting Kyle Lauletta in the fourth round of the most recent draft, Webb struggled in the team’s preseason slate, including a 5-for-173-yard performance against the Jets in the third exhibition. Overall, he went 28-for-53 for 283 yards and a touchdown in three games this summer. He was held out of the Giants’ preseason finale against New England entirely.
Webb concluded his college career with 9,852 yards and 83 touchdown passes.
To make room for Webb on the practice squad, fellow quarterback John Wolford was released. An undrafted rookie out of Wake Forest, Wolford went 8-for-20 for 89 yards and an interception in the Jets’ preseason finale in Philadelphia last Thursday night. The team recently announced that third overall pick Sam Darnold will be the team’s starter, backed up by veteran and second-year Jet Josh McCown.
The Jets open their regular season on Monday, taking on the Detroit Lions (7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN).