SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Giants rookie QB Davis Webb remained inactive Sunday for the ninth straight game to start the season, even though the Giants (1-7) need as much information on Webb as they can get before making a likely top-five pick in next April’s quarterback-heavy draft.
Defensive end Olivier Vernon rejoined the lineup for the first time since Week 4 due to an ankle injury, so the Giants got back one of their best defensive players against the winless San Francisco 49ers (0-9) at Levi’s Stadium.
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas and defensive end Kerry Wynn also returned from injuries. LB Kelvin Sheppard also made his season debut after being signed during the week and fullback Shane Smith was activated from the practice squad to play in his hometown in his fourth appearance of the season and his first since Week 3.
If the Giants want to get a look at rookie QB Davis Webb in game action, they will have to wait at least a week as he was inactive for Sunday’s game vs. the 49ers.
But Webb remained a healthy scratch, along with fellow healthy inactives WR Travis Rudolph, CB Donte Deayon and OT Chad Wheeler. Three linebackers sat due to injuries: B.J. Goodson (ankle), Keenan Robinson (quad) and Devon Kennard (quad).