The New York Giants need to upgrade their backup quarterback position in 2021

New York Giants, Colt McCoy

The New York Giants are entering their third season with quarterback Daniel Jones expected to be their starter. Jones was a shocking selection at sixth overall in 2019, but he has exceeded most expectations that fans set out for him. His rookie season was filled with plenty of ups and downs, and while he showed improvement in some areas, his second season also came with a plethora of struggles.

Daniel managed to improve his turnover problem that plagued his rookie season this year, but this issue has not been completely fixed just yet. Jones has flashed a lot of great potential, but he needs to be more consistent in 2021. This will be his third season playing quarterback in the NFL, a crucial stepping stone for young signal-callers. Giants fans are expecting to see a year-three breakout in 2021.

But the Giants cannot afford to put all their eggs in one basket. Daniel Jones is absolutely their starting quarterback. However, this is a quarterback who has missed four games due to injury in two years. Jones has had a bit of bad luck in the NFL, but injuries have been a recurring problem since college.

The New York Giants possess an excellent defense. Their offense is set to improve next season as well as the team has vowed to add playmakers this offseason. New York cannot allow those talents to go to waste in the event that Daniel Jones goes down with another injury in 2021. The Giants have to invest in their backup quarterback position to provide additional security to their team.

Backup quarterback options

In 2020, the Giants rolled on with Colt McCoy as their backup quarterback. Colt was asked to start in place of Daniel Jones twice this season. While Colt McCoy was not atrocious, he was not a quarterback that would propel a team to victory. Rather, McCoy was a quarterback that would keep the team from plummeting into a loss. He was not good, but he was good enough in some instances.

The Giants could certainly do better at the backup quarterback position though. Many teams around the league have started to invest more into their second-string quarterbacks. The Giants, having a starting quarterback with at least some kind of knack for getting injured, need to do the same this offseason.

Jacoby Brissett

One quarterback the Giants should consider in free agency is Jacoby Brissett. The 28-year-old Brissett is a quarterback with legitimate experience as a starter, and a decent one at that. Jacoby spent two seasons as the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and two seasons as the Colts’ backup within the last four years. In 2019, Jacoby started fifteen games, going 7-8, passing for 2942 yards and 18 touchdowns with only 6 intercpetions.

This touchdown to interception ratio is impressive and is the reason Brissett is such an attractive option as a backup quarterback. Jacoby might not light up the scoreboard, but he will move the football with efficiency and rarely put the ball in harm’s way.

Nick Mullens

The Giants could also consider Nick Mullens for their backup quarterback position. Mullens has been the backup quarterback for the San Fransisco 49ers since 2018. But with Jimmy Garoppolo suffering through numerous injuries over the past few years, Nick Mullens has enjoyed extended playing time.

At only 25-years-old, Nick Mullens is a young backup quarterback that still has some room to grow. Mullens has started 16 games in the last three years and has occasionally put together some big-time performances. Nick Mullens is a little less careful with the football, though, throwing 25 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in 16 starts. But Nick is a quarterback with a great attitude that is always healthy and available, ready to give average quarterback play to a team in need.

Less proven options

The Giants could also take a chance on some younger, less experienced options. Names like Josh Rosen and Joshua Dobbs stand out as young quarterbacks who failed to reach their potential in difficult situations. I would like to see New York invest in a more proven commodity for additional security, but these younger options could provide a high ceiling for New York’s backup position.

Additionally, one last name to keep an eye on is Colin Kaepernick. Colin has not played football in the NFL since 2016, but he has expressed interest in making a return to the league. Of course, Kaepernick was once a proven quality starter in the NFL, taking the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012. But his four-year absence football leaves plenty of question marks surrounding the former 49ers’ starter. Colin is a quarterback for teams to consider though, once again, in 2021, if he still has the desire to return to the league.

New York Giants: Joe Judge breaks down what to expect from Nick Mullens

New York Giants, Nick Mullens

Despite the vast injuries the San Francisco 49ers are currently dealing with, they represent no easy challenge for the New York Giants in week three of the regular season. Good teams find ways to win, even when their starting quarterback is out.

The 49ers have one of the best coaches in the league in Kyle Shanahan, with his methodical approach and intelligent game planning. The Giants have the talent advantage at this point, but do they have the game-plan to overcome a tough 49ers squad?

New head coach Joe Judge expressed confidence in Shanahan and back-up quarterback Nick Mullens. The Giants last faced off against Mullens in 2018, when they overcame the backup quarterback 27-23. Against the Giants, he threw one touchdown and two interceptions for 250 yards.

“Nick is a good quarterback. He’s a competitive dude, he’s a tough dude,” Giants head coach Joe Judge told reporters on Friday. “I talked about it earlier, that Southern Miss mentality. These guys are really overachieving type guys. He’s comfortable in the pocket, gets the ball out of his hands really quick, he’s an accurate passer. I can’t say over and over enough how competitive this guy is and how much we expect this guy to fight and give his team every advantage possible.”

How the New York Giants can overcome a dilapidated 49ers team:

There are multiple keys to success for the Giants in week three. They range from winning the turnover battle to putting immense pressure on Nick in the pocket. A strong interior defensive line needs to collapse the pocket and take advantage of Mullens’ lack of weapons. He will be without George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, his two primary targets in the passing game. Both of his starting running backs, Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert, will also be absent for the contest.

Some would say this is a must-win game for the Giants, who have a significant advantage despite the odds being against them. Securing their first win of the season would provide fantastic momentum for a team that is desperately in need of moral support. Considering Mullens hasn’t played a full game in over a year, rattling him at the start is a priority for a defense that is currently ranking 11th in overall points allowed.

New York Giants: No More Excuses In Week Three

New York Giants, Blake Martinez

The New York Giants have suffered two disappointing losses to kick off their 2020 NFL season. Sitting at 0-2 the Giants are heading into Week Three with a divided, upset fanbase. New York lost its best player, Saquon Barkley, to a season-ending injury in Week Two. They lost by a single possession after holding the Bears to 0 points in the second half of their Week Two contest. In Week Three, there is no more room for excuses and there is no more time for development: the Giants need to win.

Rookie head coach Joe Judge has kept his team fighting hard in games that result in losing efforts. Now, at home, against an injury-riddled San Fransisco 49ers team in Week Three, Joe Judge and the Giants need to come away with a win.

Their Easiest Opponent Yet

The Giants faced two of the best defenses in the NFL in Weeks One and Two. They were scheduled to go up against yet another dominant front-seven in Week Three, but they are dodging a bullet as San Fransisco’s powerful defense has suffered a number of critical injuries.

Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Richard Sherman, and Dee Ford are all out in Week Three (and some for much longer). On offense, Jimmy Garoppolo is unlikely to play, leaving Nick Mullens as the starting quarterback. The last time the Giants faced Nick Mullens and the 49ers, Eli Manning mounted a come-from-behind victory on primetime.

The Giants have no excuse not to beat the Nick Mullens-led 49ers again in 2020. Additionally, Mullens will be without the team’s starting running back, Raheem Mostert, who is currently twelfth in the NFL in rushing yards. Backup running back Tevin Coleman also did not participate in practice this week. And Mullens’s favorite target, All-Pro tight end George Kittle, has not practiced and did not play in Week Two.

New York is finally catching a break. After throwing their brand new coaching staff into the fire against two of the best teams in the NFL, the Giants are catching a break, going up against the most injured team in the NFL this week. The Fighting Joe Judges have no excuses left if they lose this game. This is one that they need to win, and one that they should win.