The New York Giants had the honor of winning the first preseason game of the 2014-15 season against the Buffalo Bills. According to the Giants’ website, Eli Manning played well, going six for seven with 43 yards and was pulled after the first quarter. However, it was the second-string quarterback, Ryan Nassib, that stole the show.
According to the Giants’ website, Nassib was 7 for 12 with 139 yards. He also threw the only touchdown for the Giants to Corey Washington.
Nassib has little experience in the NFL, mostly due to Manning’s durability. However, Manning has slowly been feeling his mortality due to an ankle injury, causing him some trouble in training camp. Manning has never been nimble in the pocket, but having a knifing ankle problem won’t help him to avoid sacks that could do more damage, and especially when the Giants have a new offensive line.
Nassib on the other hand has no problem with maneuverability. During the game, he could escape the pocket and successfully hit his target. Also, Nassib is not afraid to avoid the sack by releasing a late pass. While he did get called for intentional grounding on one play, he shows a great heads-up mentality and can sense when he is in trouble. He impressed me during the game, and had me wondering how he could perform in the regular season.
Giants fans have had the security of Manning for a long time now, but it will soon be time to find a new man for the big blue. The question remains; who will be the new quarterback?
We may not have that answer just yet. Manning still has two more years in his contract and during that time the Giants’ general manager, Jerry Reese, will no doubt work his magic to solve that riddle. There is also plenty of time for new faces to emerge from the upcoming drafts. Personally however, if Nassib continues to improve, I wouldn’t mind seeing him leading the Giants assault for a few years to come.