Giants Ready To Groom Nassib As Manning Backup

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Ryan Nassib is joining Syracuse teammate Justin Pugh at the MetLife Stadium as a member of the New York Giants.

The Giants moved up in the fourth round of the NFL draft to take the Syracuse quarterback who was protected by Pugh at the Carrier Dome. Big Blue drafted Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh in the first round.

In order to take Nassib, the Giants sent their fourth-round pick (No. 116) and their sixth-round pick (No. 187) to the Arizona Cardinals to grab a young player who might be the heir apparent to Eli Manning somewhere down the road.

Manning has not missed a start in his last 135 games. He has led the Giants to two Super Bowl wins and was named the MVP twice. 33-year-old David Carr is currently the Giants’ backup.

“We’ve been thinking about developing a QB behind Eli for a while now. We think this is a perfect opportunity,” Giants GM Jerry Reese told Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger.

Nassib completed 791 of 1,312 passes for 9,990 yards and 70 touchdown passes with the Orange. He took over the starting quarterback in his sophomore season and led Syracuse to 21 wins.

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