EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants, who kept all four quarterbacks on their initial 53-man roster, are reportedly back down to three.
In a stunning development, the Giants have waived second-year quarterback Davis Webb, who was widely believed to be on his way toward earning the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart behind starter Eli Manning.
ESPN was first with the report which a source has since confirmed.
Head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman, both of whom did not draft Webb, apparently had other ideas. the intrigue began on Thursday night in the preseason finale when it was announced that Webb would not play against the Patriots.
The day after the game, Shurmur was asked about the decision via a conference call. “With regard to his game reps, we felt like he’s had lots of reps this year whether it be practice, and really he had the most of anybody in the games as well,” Shurmur said.
“As I mentioned, it had less to do about Davis and more to do about Kyle (Lauletta). We wanted to see what we had in Kyle and so that’s why we started him behind the second line, and then because we were going to start Kyle, I just didn’t want to put Davis back in there at the end. We also wanted to take a really good look at (Alex) Tanney.”
Webb, the Giants’ 2017 third-round pick out of Cal, completed 28 of 53 passes this summer for 283 yards and one touchdown. There had been some whispers that the Giants were looking to trade Webb during Saturday’s roster cutdown, but apparently there were no takers.
The Giants, who were awarded six players off waivers that include receiver Kaelin Clay, defensive end Mario Edwards, defensive backs Antonio Hamilton, Michael Jordan, and Kamrin Moore, and center/guard Spencer Pulley, have also terminated offensive lineman John Jerry’s contract.