The New York Giants are coming off of a putrid loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 17. New York’s offense failed to score a touchdown in the 29-3 loss on the road. Quarterback Mike Glennon recorded a 0.0 QBR in the contest. In the tough loss, Glennon suffered a wrist injury that will force him to have surgery, ending his season. Jake Fromm is in line to start in Week 18. Brian Lewerke will be the backup.
The Giants will host the Washington Football Team on Sunday in the regular-season finalé. New York has already been eliminated from the playoffs. The final game will allow the team to get one last look at Jake Fromm, though.
Jake Fromm to start on Sunday
Jake Fromm is a young backup quarterback who started one game for the team this season. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. The Giants signed him off of their practice squad this season once Daniel Jones went down with a season-ending neck injury. Mike Glennon got the first start as the team’s fill-in quarterback but after a disappointing performance versus the Dolphins, Jake Fromm got the start in Week 16 versus the Eagles.
In that Week 16 matchup, Jake Fromm struggled tremendously. He completed 6 passes on 17 attempts for 25 yards and 1 interception before being benched in favor of Mike Glennon. After Glennon’s poor performance in Week 17, many called for Fromm to get the nod in the season’s final contest. But now that Glennon’s season has been cut short due to injury, Fromm will get the start regardless.
Mike Glennon finished the season with four starts, 90 completions on 167 attempts, 790 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Glennon was playing for the Giants on a one-year, $1.35M contract that he signed this past offseason. With new management expected to take over, it is unknown whether or not Glennon will be brought back for the 2022 season.
Unless something strange happens, the New York Giantsaren’t going to try Brian Lewerke at quarterback. Instead, it looks like we’re in for more of the same. In this case, that means Jake Fromm and Mike Glennon. Both quarterbacks have appeared over the last two games for the Giants, neither one being able to complete their start without getting substituted out. And without flat out confirming it, Joe Judge seemed to hint that it could happen again when the Giants face Chicago.
Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm will both be prepared to play Sunday in Chicago, per Joe Judge. He adds “expect both guys to play.” ?
Of course, Judge didn’t flat out say that the starter will get pulled for bad performance. But if one quarterback is working, it’s unclear why the Giants would put in another.
Fromm was the starter last time out but only managed 25 yards for the entire game, despite having more attempts than in his first appearance. He was replaced by Glennon, who overall didn’t have a good performance but managed 93 yards and an interception, in addition to a garbage time touchdown.
All in all, it’s a nightmare situation for the Giants at quarterback until Daniel Jones is back. We already know that isn’t going to be this season, and the matter of picking a quarterback every week has turned into a necessary evil.
It’s not that anyone wants to see more of Jake Fromm or Mike Glennon at QB, but any other options such as Lewerke only bring to the table less experience than Fromm does. One can only hope that against the Bears, the Giants can get into a good rhythm running the ball and not have to rely too much on either backup passer.
With a couple of games left in the season, it’s clear that the New York Giants aren’t going to find relief from Jake Fromm. Despite a promising appearance coming in late for Mike Glennon, Fromm had a far worse time when actually handed the reins as the starter. He only threw for 25 yards against the Eagles, managing only 6 completions and an interception.
The performance was enough to earn Fromm a trip back to the bench and another appearance for Glennon, despite the fanbase’s universal dislike of watching the latter play.
Even Fromm himself isn’t trying to put a good spin on this one.
Jake Fromm speaks on disappointing first start
“I would say it’s not ideal. I wish I would have played better. It’s frustrating for myself,” Fromm told reporters after the game. “It’s not the way I wanted to have represented myself, my family, or, of course, this organization. It’s tough, but I’m going to learn from it. I don’t think it gets much worse than that. I’m going to learn from it. I’m going to grind. I’m going to work my tail off to get better and play better like I know I can.”
It’s uncertain whether Fromm will have the next start or whether the Giants will return to Glennon. Glennon had 93 yards with both a touchdown and interception after coming off the bench, but the touchdown came in garbage time in what is becoming a familiar pattern for the Giants.
The alternative option is Brian Lewerke, who was waived by the Patriots last season and picked up in 2021 by the Giants. But Lewerke is hardly a more proven player than Fromm, and until the offensive line is fixed, the Giants can expect some of the same problems regardless of the player at quarterback.
It’s a bleak outlook for now, and if there’s one thing Giants fans shouldn’t expect from the final two games, it’s good – or even average – quarterback play.
The New York Giants have a new quarterback for the rest of the season. At least, that’s what it looks like based on the current circumstances and the reports that are coming out. We already know what Mike Glennon can do, as well as what he can’t do, and it hasn’t been impressive. Jake Fromm, on the other hand, gave some life to the offense after coming in for a handful of snaps after Glennon was pulled last week.
According to the New York Post, the Giants are planning to ride the hot hand and give Fromm the start against Philadelphia on Sunday. If they do make this move, it will be Fromm’s first career start after the Giants signed him earlier this year from the Buffalo practice squad.
The Giants are planning to give Fromm his first career start Sunday against the Eagles, multiple sources told The Post. That scenario was not in the cards when the Giants signed the second-year quarterback off the Bills’ practice squad on Nov. 30, but since then Daniel Jones’ neck injury did not heal as fast as initially anticipated, ending his season, and veteran backup Mike Glennon played poorly in three fill-in starts.
It remains to be seen whether Fromm will play well enough to move himself up the depth chart above Glennon, but the team has nothing to lose at this point from evaluating him. There’s not many games left, and it even seems like the players are looking to next season at this point.
If Fromm performs well during this stretch, it may just see him become the actual backup quarterback next year assuming Daniel Jones makes a full recovery and returns to the starting job.
There’s not many things to celebrate from the New York Giants’ recent loss to the Cowboys, but there is one thing that might generate interest for the last few games of the season. That’s the starting quarterback situation, and the latest development. After Mike Glennon received the start in place of Daniel Jones and threw for 3 interceptions, the Giants gave a chance to the next man up Jake Fromm, who would make his NFL debut.
What does Jake Fromm’s debut mean for the Giants?
Fromm wasn’t able to carry the offense to a touchdown, but his performance does give reason to believe there will be a quarterback competition headed into the next game. This, of course, isn’t that relevant in the long run. The Giants don’t have many games left, and are already out of the division race. But finding out whether Fromm is a capable backup is a worthwhile task. After all, Daniel Jones has missed games with injuries in each of his NFL seasons. This year has been a hard lesson for the Giants that they need to be prepared for those situations.
Completing half of his 12 total attempts, Fromm threw for 82 yards and had a passer rating of 72.2 compared to 24.8 for Glennon. It’s a commendable performance, when considering how Glennon received more snaps and yet Fromm had the better game and would have thrown for more yards too if he had a similar amount of passing attempts.
Joe Judge said it reached the "point in the game I wanted to see what Jake [Fromm] would do." Now it opens up a conversation about starting next week.
It’s a bit early to say that Fromm should be the starter next week for sure. Fromm’s entry into this game was a surprise, and quarterbacks often have more success before defenses get a chance to prepare for them and go over their film.
But after a series of hopeless performances from Glennon, Fromm has definitely landed in a spot of contention to start for the rest of the year. No one wants to see more of the same from Glennon, and if Fromm can be the more competitive player in practice, the chances appear pretty high that the starting job will fall into his hands.
The New York Giants could be forced to depend on their third-string quarterback moving forward. Whatâ€™s more, the third-string QB could be given his instructions by a second-string offensive coordinator and second-string position coach.Â
This could be the conundrum stemming from Daniel Jonesâ€™ neck injury that, according to reports, is likely to rule him out of Sundayâ€™s contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. Should he remain sidelined, Jones would have missed a second straight game. The 24-year-old was seen by doctors on Monday and will not be cleared for contact until he is fully healed.
â€œDaniel Jones will likely be out multiple weeks while dealing with a neck injury, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported,â€ NFl.com reports. â€œThe fourth-year starter went down during last week’s win over the Eagles and was limited in practice before being ruled out for Week 13. He’ll undergo further testing Monday, with Rapoport noting there might be more than ligament issues ailing Jones. He’s now considered week to week.â€
Jake Fromm is now battling with Mike Glennon for reps after the backup entered the NFL’s concussions protocols after the loss to Miami. Quarterback Jerry Schuplinski has also tested positive for COVID-19.
Glennon is projected to clear protocols in time, but Fromm is deserving a chance, despite his short tenure with the Giants. This would be a huge opportunity for a player who was on the practice squad at Buffalo as recently as November 30.
The QB coachâ€™s COVID-19 quandary wonâ€™t only affect him as all of the Giants quarterbacks – including the practice squadâ€™s Brian Lewerke – could be deemed vaccinated close contacts who will have to undergo more frequent testing. Fromm spent 10 days on the COVID-19 list with the Bills in November after he tested positive as an asymptomatic carrier.
â€œThe plan right now is for Jake to continue in his role,â€ head coach Joe Judge noted. â€œWe have a lot of contingencies, whether itâ€™s the COVID contingency or the uncertainty in terms of the other quarterbacks. Weâ€™re talking internally about a lot of options right now personnel-wise, scheme-it-up, to see what we can do to address it and make sure weâ€™re building in-depth for a multitude of reasons.â€Â
All of this comes in the wake of an unexpected offensive setback as Freddie Kitchens has been calling plays. While things have gotten more technical, scoring has dipped from the 18.9 points per game under coordinator Jason Garrett, now fired, to 11.0 points a game under Kitchens.Â The Giants also havenâ€™t gained more than 264 yards on offense in their last four games.Â
Itâ€™s unclear when the quarterback issue could be remedied as concussion recovery timelines differ from player to player. Jones was cleared just five days after entering the protocol and didnâ€™t miss a single start while Glennon took every snap against the Miami Dolphins.Â
â€œAt some point after the game, they came to me and just let me know they were looking at him,â€ Judge added, â€œso during the game there was nothing I was informed of.â€
The New York Sports betting does not tip the Giants for success in their upcoming game, with bookmakers attaching them to 4/1 while the Chargers are 4/21.
Fromm, meanwhile, isnâ€™t an unfamiliar player. Drafted in the fifth round by the Bills, he started for Georgia for three years and led them to the 2018 College Football Playoff national championship game, getting picked ahead of Indianapolis Colts backup Jacob Eason and Chicago Bears rookie starter Justin Fields before they switched schools.Â
Sunday was his first regular-season game in an NFL uniform, however.
â€œHeâ€™s drinking through a fire hose right now,â€ Schuplinski said of his progress last week.
The QB coach and offensive quality control coach Nick Williams spent extra time on the field with Fromm last week. Williams and Kitchens will have to do so this week given that Schuplinski can only participate virtually.
â€œWhen you go from Daniel to Mike, you want to push and stay as close to the offense as you possibly can, and you expect them to go out there and execute the game plan,â€ Judge explained. â€œFor a guy whoâ€™s only been here in your system for a couple days, youâ€™ve got to select more of a menu of what he can operate in and thatâ€™s not always limiting based on his ability, itâ€™s just based on being new in a scheme.â€Â
Despite a lackluster performance in his last appearance, it looks like Mike Glennon is the starter for the New York Giants on Sunday. That is, if Glennon is out of concussion protocol. Glennon being ready by the time of the game isn’t certain, but according to Jordan Raanan, the Giants are optimistic about the chances and are planning on Glennon as the starter.
Giants are â€œoptimisticâ€ that Mike Glennon will be cleared and ready to play vs. Chargers, per Joe Judge. He will start if cleared from concussion protocol.
But playing Glennon in another game will obviously come with some pushback after Glennon led the offense to only 9 points against the Dolphins. He had 187 yards and 1 interception in that game, and was one of the main contributing factors behind the overall slow performance.
Of course, Glennon wasn’t the only factor and he’s only in the starting conversation right now because Daniel Jones is unavailable and the Giants don’t have a better option to turn towards. Much of the popular sentiment is leaning towards starting Jake Fromm, but that’s far from an ideal solution.
Even if Glennon presents a drop-off in performance from Jones, we at least know that he’s capable of running the offense without the wheels falling off. The Giants can’t exactly say the same about Fromm, who was only picked up recently from the Buffalo practice squad.
Not only has Fromm had limited experience in the Giants offense, he also has no NFL starts in general and isn’t coming off a role where he was a main backup. The next man up often looks more appealing and this is one of those situations, but really, it looks like the Giants are just making the decision that gives them the higher floor.
The New York Giants lost miserably on Sunday versus the Miami Dolphins. The Giants’ offense failed to score a touchdown in the 20-6 Week 13 loss. New York marched into Miami with Mike Glennon as the starting quarterback. Daniel Jones was out with a neck strain that is expected to keep him out of the Giants’ upcoming Week 14 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers, too.
To make matters worse, Mike Glennon suffered a concussion in the Giants’ loss to the Dolphins. Injuries and inexperience are now piling up for the Giants at the sport’s most valuable position, leaving their quarterback room in shambles.
The New York Giants quarterback room is in shambles
Daniel Jones and Mike Glennon being injured leaves the Giants with extremely limited options at the quarterback position. The 4-8 Giants are down to backups, practice squad players, and newly-signed players in line to start. Even the Giants’ quarterback coach, Jerry Schuplinski, is dealing with an ailment (COVID-19). This group of signal-callers is in disarray. Here’s a breakdown of the quarterback room:
Daniel Jones (neck strain, not cleared for contact)
Mike Glennon (in concussion protocol)
Jake Fromm (just signed last week)
Brian Lewerke (practice squad)
QB coach Jerry Schuplinski (COVID-19 positive)
With Daniel Jones and Mike Glennon both expected to be out on Sunday, Jake Fromm is in line to start for the Giants. The Giants just signed Fromm off of the Buffalo Bills practice squad a few days ago. But now the young quarterback has gone from the practice squad to being expected to start in a rapid amount of time.
If Fromm is not ready to go, which would not be surprising considering how long it takes to learn NFL playbooks, then Brian Lewerke would be the next man up. Lewerke has spent the season on New York’s practice squad after playing in the preseason for the Giants and looking less than promising.
If indeed Jones and Glennon are out, the most experienced regular season passer on the Giants’ roster would be Kadarius Toney. New York’s first-round pick has thrown three passes this season, giving him the highest career total of the remaining quarterbacks on the roster.
When the most experienced passer on a team is the wide receiver, you know that roster is in bad shape. The Giants will prepare this week with the thought that Jake Fromm takes the start under center. But regardless of who starts on Sunday, it is a longshot that the Giants’ offense takes any steps forward from where they have been,.
The Buffalo Bills finally have an answer in their franchise quarterback role, but adjustments may be coming to their backup situation.
The Position:Â Quarterback On the Roster: Josh Allen, Jake Fromm Free Agents: Matt Barkley Reserve/Future:Â Davis Webb
It took 24 years, 18 AFC East titles for the New England Patriots, and countless false prophets…but the Buffalo Bills have finally found the answer to Jim Kelly.
Any doubts about Josh Allen’s NFL future were more or less eliminated with a historic season that likely occupies its own chapter in the Buffalo record books. Allen’s 2020 evolution turned the Bills into bona fide championship contenders, ones that fell just a game short of the Super Bowl. It’s safe to say that the Bills envision Allen riding out the decade with a streaking buffalo on his helmet…and maybe partake in a little of the next one as well. In fact, it may not be too early to start thinking about an extension to ensure he stays in blue and red.
But if any franchise knows that NFL prosperity can be yanked away in the blink of an eye…it’s the Buffalo Bills.
No one in their right football mind is going to deny that Allen has a role to play in the future of not only Western New York but the national gridiron scene as a whole. But the Bills must think about the names behind Allen, just in case the medically unthinkable happens. Allen has started the last 42 Bills games under center, but he did miss four games during his rookie year (2018) with an elbow injury. During that time, Buffalo worked with the backup hydra of Nathan Peterman, Derek Anderson, and Matt Barkley, the latter securing the long-term backup job by earning the lone win in that bunch.
Obviously, Allen is the toast of The Queen City until further notice. But no one in the NFL has ever prepared for an injury, especially one of the season-ending variety that can sink Super Bowl runs entirely. Barkley has proven somewhat reliable when called upon (his 2020-21 ledger consisted of Week 17 mop-up duty in a blowout win over Miami), but the Bills might have plans for rookie Jake Fromm to assume the role. Chosen in the fifth round of last year’s draft, Fromm’s rookie season was an unusual situation where he was kept in relative isolation in case COVID-19-related protocols rendered Allen, Barkley, and practice squad arm Davis Webb inactive.
It may seem irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, but backup quarterback remains one of the most underrated positions in any of the four major sports. The wrong name behind Allen, likely one the Bills hope they never have to see in the weekly box score, could save or derail a championship effort the Bills have steadily built.
Barkley’s football career has never truly recovered since he fell to the fourth round of the 2013 draft and a six-game stint as a starter yielded little in Chicago. But he managed to create some stability in Buffalo after guiding the Bills to a one-sided win over the Jets during the aforementioned 2018 season, having been Allen’s backup ever since. Barkley’s given little reason for the Bills to move on, but it’s possible they could move on to a younger name like Fromm to serve as Allen’s understudy.
Will They Draft?Â
Very, very, very unlikely. The Bills just used a draft pick on a quarterback in Fromm, and if they bring in another camp arm. It’ll likely be one of the veteran free agent variety. Longshot options on day three include Ian Book of Notre Dame and Dustin Crum out of Kent State.
Tyrod Taylor, LA Chargers
One of the most reliable pre-Allen options as Buffalo quarterback was Taylor, who helped the Bills end a playoff drought that nearly became old enough to enjoy a Labatt Blue legally. Since Allen’s takeover, Taylor has been the opening act for rookie sensations in Cleveland and Los Angeles. If Allen were to go down, Taylor would serve as a reliable replacement because he has likewise been a multi-threat; some of the records Allen broke this season, namely the quarterback rushing marks, previously belonged to Taylor.
Jacoby Brissett, IndianapolisÂ
It’s unfortunate that Brissett likely won’t get an opportunity to win his starting job back in Indianapolis, as he performed admirably when Andrew Luck abruptly retired in 2018. Brissett is another mobile threat who would help Buffalo quickly pick up the pieces if the unthinkable happened to Allen. Despite backing up Phillip Rivers this season, the Colts had Brissett come for quarterback sneak situations on crucial short-yardage situations (scoring three touchdowns last season).
If Barkley leaves and the Bills go looking for a more traditional veteran option to compete with Fromm, they could go with McCoy, who was relatively decent in two starts with the Giants, even helping the team earn a win in Seattle.
Quarterback remains very low on the Bills’ offseason priority list. If they lose Barkley, it’s likely they’ll attempt to groom Fromm into the backup role, though a competition will ensue if they want someone with more experience behind Allen.
The New York Giants hold the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Much speculation has been made over whether or not the Giants will draft a quarterback. Recent rumors regarding Eli Manning’s future seem to indicate that the Giants are not going to draft a quarterback.
If the Giants do not draft a quarterback, they have one other option. The Giants could try to trade for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. However, Rosen has a fairly competitive market, and it is unclear how interested in Rosen the Giants truly are.
We know the Giants do have interest in Josh Rosen, but that does not mean they are interested enough to win a bidding war for Josh. If the Giants do not draft a quarterback and they do not trade for Josh Rosen, then what will be left for them to do at quarterback?
Stick With Eli Manning
Some fans may think this is crazy, but sticking with Eli Manning for another year has its benefits. Eli is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career. Regardless of how fans and analysts dissect and interpret Eli’s play, there is no denying he is a beloved teammate and leader for the Giants.
In 2018, Eli Manning had the lowest interception total of his career with only 11. He also threw 21 touchdown passes with 4,299 yards. His 66% completion percentage was also a career high.
Eli Manning has always brought one key thing to the table: availability. Manning has never missed a game and is always ready to suit up for Big Blue. With Eli, the Giants know what they’re getting and that provides them with a level of confidence.
Many fans and analysts seem to think that 2019 needs to be Eli’s last year, but it does not. If the Giants show improvement in 2019 and Eli plays well, they will keep him and worry about finding the next quarterback later on down the road.
However, if 2019 does not go as planned for Eli Manning, the Giants have other options at quarterback if they do not acquire one this year.
The 2020 Draft Class
Much has been made about the Giants and the 2019 NFL Draft class. There has been plenty of speculation about the Giants drafting quarterbacks in 2019 such as Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones, or Drew Lock.
But if the Giants do not love any of these prospects, they will not force themselves to take one. They can always wait until next year. It just so happens that 2020 has some intriguing quarterback prospects.
One name that Giants fans might be familiar with is Justin Herbert. Herbert looked primed to be the 2019 NFL Draft’s top quarterback early in the NFL season. The Giants were also known to have a lot of interest in Herbert. Unfortunately for Big Blue, Justin decided to stay at Oregon for one more season of college football. He will be in the 2020 NFL Draft and he will be a highly-coveted prospect.
Justin Herbert is not the only quarterback prospect set to be taken in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama and Jake Fromm from Georgia are also receiving a lot of buzz as they head into their junior seasons. One problem with each of these players is actually the fact that they will be juniors in 2019, meaning they could choose to not declare for the draft in 2020.
It would be incredibly unfortunate for the Giants if they passed on a quarterback this year and were left with few options next year. This is why many will say they should just find their guy this year. For now, fans will wait and anticipate the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants are at a crossroads with many different options to choose from. The question is, where will they go from here?