Davis Webb is oozing confidence and competitiveness — not hurt feelings — as Giants search for Eli Manning’s successor climaxes in NFL Draft.
EAST RUTHERFORD — Showcase? Proving ground? Golden opportunity?
Pick your favorite way to describe this week for Giants quarterback Davis Webb, who is in the spotlight for three minicamp practices as the search for Eli Manning’s eventual successor remains a big storyline with the NFL Draft about to get underway.
But Webb, who oozed confidence and competitiveness Wednesday before the second practice, says he isn’t looking at it the same way as Giants fans or media.
“I don’t have to prove anything,” Webb said. “All I’ve got to do is show what I’ve got and it’s up to them. I try to do the best I can. I’m not too worried about it: I promise. I know I’m going to get a chance someday.”
Whether that opportunity is with the Giants probably will be determined in a chain reaction of events set off by the No. 2 pick Thursday night. Webb, a 2017 third-round pick, inexplicably took zero regular-season snaps as the Giants went 3-13.
If the Giants pick a quarterback like USC’s Sam Darnold, he becomes the quarterback of the future. If they pick running back Saquon Barkley or defensive end Bradley Chubb, Webb’s spot on the depth chart will look more secure even though the 37-year-old Manning is the starter for 2018.
“I just know I’m going to get a chance,” Webb said. “I want it to be here. I want it to be with the New York Football Giants.”
So is he trying to read between the lines of general manager Dave Gettleman’s thinking?
“His job is to make a decision that is going to help the Giants,” Webb said. “If that’s a quarterback or another position, whatever. As long as it helps the Giants, that’s all I’m about. I’m a team guy.”
Webb has been praised by Gettleman, Manning and head coach Pat Shurmur for his commitment to preparation as a rookie last season and again in the offseason. He and Manning were side-by-side for training five days a week at the team facility from January through March.
“Going off practice tapes and asking people around me what I need to work on this offseason,” Webb said, “I had Tony in the area and worked on 2-3 things. Focus on that and make them no longer weaknesses and more strengths. I think I did that. Now it’s getting football back into my system.”
The change to a new offense created by Shurmur and coordinator Mike Shula has given Manning and Webb an opportunity to learn together.
“When I got here a year ago, Eli was in Year 4 of the system so he was in like Algebra 20 and I was in addition,” Webb said to laughter. “I kind of caught up a little bit toward the end of the year but not near his level. Now we are starting off in addition and moving on to Algebra 1.”
As is typical, the defense was ahead of the offense for the first practice of the Shurmur era.
“I didn’t mess up in the huddle one time,” Webb said. “That was definitely a plus from last year.
“I just want to get better. That’s what this time is about. Everybody is making a big deal out of it, but we just learned a new offense the past two weeks. It’s learning on the fly.”
Webb said he will watch the draft Thursday night to see “who is going to help us this year.” He had a chance to chat with some of the top quarterbacks available — he was teammates with Baker Mayfield for one season at Texas Tech and knows some of the others — as they visited East Rutherford.
“It doesn’t bother me,” Webb said. “If I was a GM, I’d do the same thing. That does not hurt my feelings. The only thing I’m worried about is being the best I can be. I know I’m going to get an opportunity in this league. When that comes, I’ll be ready. I’m pretty motivated already.”