The NY Giants cut Davis Webb. The former Round 3 pick from last season was discarded in what many media members referred to as a “stunning” move. We were stunned and dismayed as well.
We understand that we are not the Giants coaching staff & front office. We are not privy to their thoughts, which I am sure are undoubtedly summed up in the pithy- “We decided to go in a different direction.” Nonetheless, we believe there were so many wrong things about this decision.
Just to recap newer readers to what this NY Giants blog said and when we said it, we identified Davis Webb as a Round 4-5 sleeper prospect with a tremendous arm who could be developed. This was noted BEFORE the 2017 draft, before he was subsequently taken in Round 3. While we thought the price was a little rich for the risk (lack of certainty in his future), we still understood the move and endorsed the selection based on the future need for a replacement for Manning.
Then in 2018, with the 2nd pick overall, we believed that it was correct to take a franchise QB or if none was there, to trade down.
We did not ever state that Webb was unequivocally the future of the franchise. We have been consistent in the view that there was a good fit here for the Giants to take the time to develop the Cal prospect while Eli Manning finished his career.
UltimateNYG NY Giants blog analyst Wonder: “There were two things wrong with this move to waive Webb. Number 1, since nothing (negative) took place between April and August, if you were not on board with Webb, then the move was even more clear to go for a quarterback with the 2nd overall peak.
“Number 2, it takes time to develop a quarterback, so why are you giving up this easily? I’m not comparing Webb to Aaron Rodgers in terms of ability and potential. But it took the Packers THREE YEARS to develop Rodgers. It is a lesser known fact that they had to redo his throwing mechanics after college. Bailing on Webb at this early juncture was a waste.”
It is worth pointing out that Webb has not even been in uniform for a single regular season game in his 1 year career. How much development is that?? He has not seen a real NFL game, let alone have the opportunity to learn and grow. Everyone acknowledged how much better he looked after the preseason Week 2 game vs Detroit. Wouldn’t Webb’s upside get more leverage with some live regular season mistakes to grow from in a natural progression to a starting role? There was so much that went unexplored.
Some point out that it was necessary to cut either Webb or Lauletta because there was not going to be enough practice time for both of them during the regular season. My answer to that is Shurmur is going to be responsible for both Lauletta’s and Webb’s outcome, because each guy needs 3 years to develop.
Another point was made- if Webb was good enough, why didn’t he get any interest in a trade before being released? Our answer is- at this juncture in September, roster spots are scarce. Also, he has zero (real) playing time in the NFL, so he is still a relatively unknown quantity that will need additional investment time. Some sarcastically note that he looks good in shorts. I’m still confounded at why Geno Smith was started when the Giants were mathematically eliminated. Maybe this franchise could have had a better look at Webb and given him some opportunity to get some real game experience. The learning curve accelerates when you get Live game conditions.
This whole situation was half-baked. It’s a waste. All I can think of right now is Shaun O’Hara on the NFL Network a year and a half ago asking why the Giants were not drafting an Offensive Lineman (instead of Webb) to protect Eli Manning. Yet another Reese Round 3 pick down the drain.