We’ve all heard the rumors…
-Trade back for picks!
I want to take a step back and ‘REALLY’ take an in-depth look at New York Giants‘ quarterback Davis Webb. I had the privilege of speaking with Webb’s off-season trainer. Former professional and 2x NCAA All-American QB, Tony Racioppi.
Now, before we dive in, we can say that UCLA’s Josh Rosen is arguably the draft’s top rated quarterback and is heavily linked to the Giants. The question is: Should the Giants use their No. 2 overall pick on him?
The Arguments ‘Against’ Davis Webb:
1.) The Giants chose to start Geno Smith over him in 2017
This narrative makes no sense. Geno Smith spent a majority of the season as the Giants’ second-string quarterback while Webb developed on the practice squad. He had zero reps with the starting unit, so why should he be tossed out to face Khalil Mack and the Raiders. Let’s also mention that the offensive line was awful.
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Webb would be looking to showcase his abilities, and attempting to do so with no protection or receivers is pure insanity.
But, now we don’t have any game-tape of him, right? Correct, but you don’t need game-tape to prove physical abilities and technique.
According to Racioppi, Webb is further along than we think:
“He can do everything. Big, strong, elite arm strength, good athlete and smart/knowledgeable about the game. Understands defenses and concepts.”
2.) Webb is a third-round pick, so he ‘can’t’ succeed:
Hey, why can’t Davis Webb be just like Garoppolo? Because he also learned behind a Hall of Fame quarterback too. The man earned a $137.5 million contract for playing less than a full season of football.
Garoppolo was an average quarterback with a 60% completion rate (average) in college until his final season. In his last college season, he lit up the league, throwing for 5,050-yards on 568 attempts. His TD-INT ratio was 53-9. Jimmy G. was drafted in the late second-round (62nd overall pick).
Davis Webb stats: 4295-yards, 61.6 completion percentage, 37-12 TD-INT ratio.
Breaking Down Davis Webb:
Disclaimer None of the following clips and/or videos involve any (in-game) tape, which is noted.
NY Giants QB Davis Webb working Play Action Throwing Double Move Route to Ex Panthers/NFL FA WR Miles Shuler Throwing Ball almost 70 yards in air dropping ball in using Miles 4.3 40 Speed to Track it down. @TEST_Football @Davis_Webb5 @Giants @shu_please #nfl #qb #giants pic.twitter.com/aStyqTZIIX
— Tony Racioppi (@Tonyrazz03) March 21, 2018
Here’s a clip of Davis Webb working through the play-action in a simulated circumstance. Webb steps up in the pocket to deliver a perfect strike 70-yards down the field. The play develops in eight seconds, a bit longer than you’d want, but it’s a relaxed practice over all.
The footwork is the main point here and his movement up into the pocket. He has obvious athleticism, and his release time is no more than a a third of a second. Notice how his feet are always pointing where he’s intending to throw the ball. He releases the ball with his left foot pointing towards the left-middle of the field to ensure his receiver stay in bounds and can use his 4.3 speed to track it down.
To ensure all of these drills are game-relevant, I asked Tony just to make sure:
Q: “Have you used any real-game situational drills with him? Such as with pass rushers and his vision in regard to moving up in the pocket and working around pressure?”
A: “Everything we train is game relevant.”
NY Giants QB Davis Webb working 5 Quick closing shoulder/getting head aligned throwing 10-12 Speed Out to Arizona Cardinals/Rutgers WR Carlton Agudosi with beautiful anticipation, accuracy and velocity. @TEST_Football @Davis_Webb5 @Giants @Hungry_Humble22 @AZCardinals #nfl #qb pic.twitter.com/PKvHlIHw4X
— Tony Racioppi (@Tonyrazz03) March 21, 2018
When I asked Tony if Webb would be in the same category as the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft, he said:
A Common Mistake:
Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of people breaking down Webb’s college tape to justify their reasoning for giving up on him.
Here’s Tony’s take:
“I get why [people dissect his college tape], but he’s completely different from a fundamental and footwork aspect, plus has only gained more knowledge of an NFL system of protections and concepts.”
How many days per week does Webb train in the facility to hone his craft?
Consider this for a second: Teachers take entire summers of from teaching because their ‘season’ is over. Now, athletes are forced to train to maintain their body, but Webb spends a majority of the week ensuring that he’s only improving, even on the offseason.
“He’s a tremendous talent that works his tail off and is obsessed with football and the position.”
“Obsessed” is the key word here. The new regime for the Giants insisted they would only retain players that loved the game and were passionate about their job. Webb is a student of the game, and seems to have a work ethic that we have only seen in All-Pro players.
NY Giants QB Davis Webb working Gun 3 and Reset with Dovetail on 2/3 to make a straight, balanced throw to Detroit Lions TE Ryan O’Malley running a 10 yd option out route. If we don’t align ourselves on Break Foot we swing to every throw and start off balance. @TEST_Football pic.twitter.com/Nm3sioV5xF
— Tony Racioppi (@Tonyrazz03) March 26, 2018
This clip isn’t anything special or out of the ordinary, but there’s one thing I want to touch on here. Watch this a few times and think about Eli Manning’s drop back… It seems to be eerily similar; from his footwork to his reset and delivery, it’s all very Manning-esque.