The subject of the next quarterback after Eli Manning for the New York Giants hasn't been a topic that has been needed to be brought up, especially with the two-time Super Bowl MVP still playing in his prime. Yet, back in April, General Manager Jerry Reese traded up in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft to select Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib; a pick that shocked a lot of people, but has been called one of the best moves of the entire draft.
Before the draft, Nassib was considered to be a first-round pick, but somehow fell three rounds further than expected and right into the Giants laps. And while Nassib won't be taking snaps with the Giants first team for a very long time, he could very well challenge veteran backup David Carr, who has been with the team in two stints since 2008.
"It doesn't affect me at all," Carr said at Giants minicamp on Wednesday. "That's going to be a decision they have to make. That's what Coach [Tom] Coughlin said to me in the spring after they drafted him. He was like: 'Let us make the decisions. Just go out there and use your experience and be the player we know you are and let us worry about all of that.' That's my mindset anyway, that's what I was going to do anyway. I can't control what they decide to do at the end. I'm just going to play my best football and see what happens."
The Giants haven't carried three quarterbacks on the roster since the 2007 seasons, and the team could very well stick to their trend of keeping just two quarterbacks on the team, which means Carr is very well playing for a roster spot in 2013. However, despite that Nassib and Carr are competing against one another, the 12th year veteran will do everything he can to help the rookie this summer in getting accustomed to being an NFL quarterback.
"I'm trying to help Ryan," Carr said. "This is my 12th year and there are a lot of things I can teach him. He's going to play a lot longer than me. I'm going to be done playing and he's still going to be playing at some point. Hopefully he can look at me as a guy who helped him and didn't hurt him."
Carr is a former number one overall pick of the Houston Texans back in the 2002 NFL Draft, but was never able to be the player the franchise expected, especially since he was sacked 249 times in five seasons.
After a season with the Carolina Panthers in 2007, Carr came on as a backup in 2008 and 2009. He did sign with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and thought he would be competing for the starting job there, but the team drafting Colin Kaepernick altered that plan and after Carr was released, he landed right back with the Giants.
When asked if he would have been upset with the selection of Nassib in the past, Carr admits that he would have.
"I would have freaked out 10 years ago," Carr said. "Maybe even two years ago as well. I wasn't able to change anything that happened, I wasn't able to not draft him, so in that regard I've grown up. I was a selfish player for a long time. Guys struggle with that for a long time. They think about themselves and what they can get out of certain situations. I'm just trying to help our team and do what's best for me, but I'm not going to be negative about it or backstab anybody or be confrontational."
Carr tested free agency this offseason, but ended up back with the Giants on a one-year deal on March 19.
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