In 2017, New York Giants former head coach Ben McAdoo, yelled out to rookie quarterback Davis Webb, “Hey, the next three weeks, you’re in.” That simple statement marked the beginning of Webb’s professional career, and would have set the stage for him going into his sophomore season as Eli Manning’s backup.
Despite the vote of confidence in Webb by McAdoo, his coaching career came to an end before his third-round selection could ever walk out of the tunnel to start a regular season game. The cries from fans to give the rookie live-action went unnoticed, but that didn’t stop Webb from competing and improving every day.
What will 2018 look like for Davis Webb on the New York Giants?
With general manager Dave Gettleman re-building the team around Manning, Webb was put on the back-burners for at least one more season. His time to shine will again have to wait until either Eli retires or the organization elects to move on from the man who’s been a rock at the quarterback position since 2004.
In reality, the second-year signal caller might have to wait a total of three years before receiving his shot, but in the end, he will be prepared. This offseason, we have seen signs of greatness from Webb, with his accuracy and powerful arm.
In regard to McAdoo informing Webb he would start the final three games of the season, he stated:
“I was ready to rock ‘n’ roll, and I was excited. But at the same time, that was a rough day because Eli’s the best teammate I’ve ever had. So I was really hurting for him.”
When Manning was benched for Geno Smith in week 13, things seemed to fall apart at the seams, if they hadn’t already. A 214 consecutive games started streak was shattered and the entire fan base was betrayed by the actions of one coach. His decision was fatal, and it caused him to lose his job.
For Webb, he was left in limbo – a place where the new front-office personnel didn’t know his strengths and were cautious when evaluating him. The lack of game-film forced them to take a long, hard look at their options at quarterback and make the decision to either pass on the QB they wanted in the NFL draft, or take him anyway. Instead, they chose arguably the most dynamic running back to enter the league in years – Saquon Barkley.
The Giants may seem to be building the roster around Manning, but they are also giving Webb the tools he needs to succeed in the future. Having Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and a solid offensive line to help Webb adjust to being a starter in the NFL, will ultimately make the transition to starter much smoother.