On Saturday, Carr and Nassib will get their opportunities to play for the Giants in their first preseason action at Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's an experience that Nassib is really excited to partake in, as it will be the first professional game of his young NFL career, although it is only a preseason game.
“I’m excited,” Nassib said, “I'm ready to get out there and play somebody else. It’s going to be nice to be able to play in my home state and play in front of family and friends,” he said. “It’s going to be a fun weekend.”
During camp, Nassib has gone through his share of growing pains as a rookie, as he's thrown a couple of interceptions this past week in camp. But what has Carr impressed about the former Syracuse quarterback is his thirst for the game and his willingness to learn as he goes, as Mark Hale of the New York Post reported.
“I think that’s the most important, honestly. Because you get young guys in here sometimes, and not necessarily at the quarterback position, but they don’t care to learn,” Carr said. “They’re going to rest on their athletic ability. It’s not like they don’t want to do it, that’s just their nature. Ryan’s not that way. He’s taking good notes, writing stuff down. He doesn’t necessarily make the same mistake twice. I think that’s the key.”
In Saturday's game, Giants starting quarterback Eli Manning will see about 12-15 snaps on the field in the first quarter and then afterwards, all of the backups get in, which will include Carr, Nassib and Curtis Painter. Even Carr is excited to see what the team's rookie can do on the field for the team.
“I’ll get my series or two or see how it works,” Carr, the Giants’ veteran backup quarterback, said yesterday. “And then he’ll be in there. They want to see what he can do.”
While a lot of fans eyes will be on Nassib when he takes the field for the very first time as a professional, the nerves of playing at Heinz Field won't be as severe, as Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News noted, he has played on that field in college when his Orangemen lost 33-20 to the University of Pittsburgh back in the 2011 season.
“I’ve played in that stadium a couple times already,” he said. “The atmosphere is going to be a little bit different, but the field is going to be a little familiar. But going into your first game, there’s always going to be some butterflies."
Nassib was the Giants fourth-round draft pick back in April's NFL Draft and was the last of the rookie class to sign his deal with the team.
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