The Giants will finally get a chance to see what they have in rookie quarterback Davis Webb, just not likely this week.
With Eli Manning being benched in favor of Geno Smith, head coach Ben McAdoo said he also plans to give Webb a look before the end of the season, too.
Webb has been inactive for every game this season, but he remains unfazed by the expectation that things will change for him over the next five weeks.
“It doesn’t affect my preparation,” he said. “I get up here pretty early and I stay here pretty dang late and I always prepare like if my opportunity came tomorrow, I’d be ready and I approached it that way since the day I got here.”
The Giants drafted Webb in the third round earlier this year and the plan going into the season was to have him be part of the team and let him develop in practice, but things have changed after going 2-9 through the first 11 games this season.
“I’ll be excited,” Webb said of the opportunity. “I play extremely driven, play competitive and have passion with my teammates. So we’re just looking forward to whoever plays quarterback, to be able to enjoy success with each other and that’s teammates. It’s a team game and that’s what we need to do, enjoy success.”
Eli Apple has been a focal point of criticism for the Giants defense this season and a recent report cited an anonymous team source that said he threatened to leave the team facility after he was the main culprit in Ben McAdoo’s “brutally honest” film meeting two weeks ago.
Davis Webb will soon get a chance to play.
Apple did everything he could to dodge questions on Tuesday, but when asked if he nearly left the team facility he responded: “I’m not going to talk about false reports.”
When followed up if he was denying that happened, Apple replied, “next question.”
Apple was also surprised to be inactive for the Giants’ Thanksgiving game against Washington.
The second-year corner was inactive Week 11 against the Chiefs after missing two practices to be with his mother, who was undergoing brain surgery, but fully expected to play on Thanksgiving.
“You’re in there a little bit and they tell you you’re going to play,” Apple said. “Then out of nowhere they tell you you’re not going to play.”
Apple added he did not view being inactive as any sort of disciplinary benching.