NFL Network/Getty Former NFL quarterback David Carr shared his thoughts on the Giants’ quarterback situation.
If the Daniel Jones experiment fails quickly this season, the New York Giants may need a backup quarterback plan.
The Giants have a time-tested veteran backup quarterback in Tyrod Taylor (as well as third-stringer Davis Webb) already on the roster, but former NFL quarterback and current NFL Network analyst David Carr may see New York making a trade this offseason.
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According to Carr, it is “very possible” that the Giants will make a preseason trade for current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
“So, I honestly initially thought [Giants head coach] Brian [Daboll] would make a move for Mitchell Trubisky when he became available,” Carr said on NFL Network. “And for that reason: because you don’t necessarily know what you have in Daniel Jones. And you’re coming in, you’re a new head coach, you don’t know if Daniel’s the guy. So, I thought they would make a move for him (Trubisky). they didn’t.
“Now, with Jimmy, I think the problem is his shoulder,” Carr continued. “Nobody really knows. I think what teams are going to do is wait until the first or second preseason game if Jimmy comes into San Francisco, and they’ll see. Does he look healthy? And I think that’s when you could see the Giants make a move, or another team make a move for Jimmy. Because Jimmy G can win some games for somebody. He absolutely can still play at a high level. He won a lot of games in San Francisco. I think the only problem is just his health.
“If he’s healthy, there’s a good chance the Giants will make a move for him.”
Garoppolo, 30, has two Super Bowl rings from early in his career as Tom Brady’s understudy with the New England Patriots. He was traded to the 49ers in 2017 and, a couple of years later, led them to a Super Bowl LIV appearance, where they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 49ers spent the third overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft on quarterback Trey Lance, but Garoppolo was able to fend off the rookie for the starting job in 2021 and led the 49ers back to the playoffs. He guided San Francisco to wins over the Dallas Cowboys (wild-card round) and Green Bay Packers (divisional round) before losing to the Los Angeles Rams 20-17 in the NFC Championship.
Garoppolo has a 33-14 win-loss record in the regular season as a starting quarterback and has a 4-2 mark in the playoffs.
Jimmy Garoppolo and Daniel Jones have the same problem.
Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t a bad quarterback, but he’s probably not the answer for the Giants. That’s because he and Daniel Jones have the same problem: staying healthy.
Garoppolo has been in the NFL since 2014 and only completed a full season once. In 2018, he only played in three games before tearing his ACL. Then, in 2020, he only played in six games due to a lingering ankle injury. Now, he’s coming off throwing shoulder surgery.
Jones has missed several games in each of his first three seasons, including six games last year due to a neck injury, but is a cheaper and more athletic option than Garoppolo. Both players are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in 2023, so why take on Garoppolo’s $27 million salary cap hit on top of the $8.2 million the Giants are already scheduled to pay Jones this offseason (via Spotrac)?
If Jones isn’t the guy, Daboll and Giants general manager Joe Schoen will likely find their next quarterback in the 2023 NFL Draft.
CBS Sports sets a 2022 season outlook for Daniel Jones.
CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso recently forecasted the 2022 season for three fourth-year quarterbacks – Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones, and Drew Lock. In his analysis, Trapasso says he expects to see some improvement from Jones this season.
“At this point, I feel like I know what Jones will give the Giants and who he is as an NFL quarterback,” Trapasso wrote. “He is more competent than many naysayers, including me, thought he would be when he entered the league. And the environment around him is better. The coaching will be the best he’s ever had. He’s also in a contract year. Jones will be a little better. But not enough for the Giants to consider extending him and, at the same time, passing on a young, super-talented passer in next year’s draft.”