Eli Manning’s time is running out. Davis Webb, the third-round selection by the New York Giants in this year’s NFL Draft, might just be his successor.
Following major disappointments through the first eight weeks of the 2017-18 NFL season, the New York Giants must look to the future. Is it time to start Davis Webb?
If McAdoo wants to be around to oversee this potential overhaul, he needs to make moves to point the franchise in the right direction. For instance, starting rookie Davis Webb over Eli Manning.
McAdoo made it clear that Manning would remain the starter heading into Week 9 and beyond, however he did not rule out a Davis Webb start somewhere in the future.
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With little hope left for the Giants and the 13-year veteran quarterback, would it be so bad to start Webb? This would allow coaches to observe his performance under the worst of circumstances.
On one side of the coin, yes, it would be a terrible idea to put a rookie into the starting role with the team in this condition. Throwing Davis to the wolves could very well result in immediate failure and the destruction of his confidence. In a market like New York, failure usually translates to negative publicity. Can Davis Webb, a rookie from California, truly handle that pressure?
On the flip-side of the argument, however, starting Webb would do the Giants no harm either way. Seven losses in eight games has put the playoffs out of reach. While everyone knows the future does not lie with Eli Manning, New York should start the young quarterback even if they continue to lose games. This would allow them to develop Webb while also working their way up the draft order.
The question of Davis’s preparedness is a different story. In these circumstances, none of that matters. If Eli Manning remains the starter, the Giants will continue to stir disgust throughout the tri-state area.
However, let’s say Ben McAdoo finally makes a decent decision and puts Davis on the field. Perhaps then, New York will gain some positives to focus on from their losses.