It’s clear that the New York Giants are looking to add an experienced veteran quarterback to the roster behind franchise passer Eli Manning, who will surely bounce back from his wretched 2013 season that resulted from awful blocking, subpar route-running from his receivers, and some uncharacteristic mistakes from Eli himself. This new QB won’t threaten for a starting job, but it’s always nice to have insurance. Syracuse product Ryan Nassib is a favorite of some draft analysts who touted him during draft season in 2013, but the second-year pro is currently Manning’s top backup and might not be ready for game action.
The Giants have shown interest in former Tennessee Titans backup Rusty Smith, but he’s the worst option available and wouldn’t even play better than Nassib despite the latter QB’s lack of experience. It was reported earlier that the Giants will work out talented-but-inconsistent quarterback Josh Freeman next week, and now the New York Daily News’s Ralph Vacchiano reports that the Giants have also shown some interest in Matt Flynn.
The long-time Green Bay Packers backup rejoined the team last season after being dumped by the Oakland Raiders, and he was serviceable down the stretch when Aaron Rodgers was injured and managed not to do enough harm so as to put the Packers out of playoff contention. He’s a total game manager at the position, but he would be a solid second-string option for the Packers, especially with his former QBs coach Ben McAdoo now running the offense in New York. I still expect Flynn to stay with the Packers, but he’s still a free agent and is very much a possibility for the Giants.