COMMENTARY | Entering the 2013 NFL season, there's a lot being made of a small situation, and that's who will be Eli Manning's backup this season.
New York currently hosts four quarterbacks on its roster, those being Manning, David Carr, Curtis Painter and rookie Ryan Nassib as it enters training camp Friday. The Giants obviously aren't going to waste a roster spot by carrying four quarterbacks, and there's even a small chance that they decide to just go with two quarterbacks to begin the season, though I think they will ultimately end up carrying three QBs.
That said, much has been made about who will back up Manning this season.
Will it be Carr, who's spent the last five seasons as No. 10's backup? Could it be Painter, who has appeared in just 11 NFL games since 2009? Or is there a possibility that the rookie Nassib surpasses the two to man the backup gig in New York?
Should fans even care who serves as the backup to Manning?
After all, Eli hasn't missed a start since 2005, making him one of the most durable quarterbacks in the NFL today. We've seen Manning handle pain extremely well over the course of his nine-year career and have all the confidence in the world that he'll continue to battle through injuries to serve as the starter for Big Blue. He's a three-time Pro Bowler, two-time Super Bowl champion and the one we look to when things go right and wrong for the G-Men.
That said, of course we should care who backs Manning up this season -- every member of the Giants is important and there's always the chance that the team's franchise quarterback gets injured (knock on wood) -- but the backup QB battle in New York is getting too much press, especially with the amount of other important training camp battles on the plate.
For instance, there's the third wide receiver battle between Ramses Barden, Louis Murphy and Rueben Randle. Randle probably has the edge given his experience in the offense last season, but Murphy poses a serious threat with his four years of experience in the NFL.
Then there are the positional battles at middle linebacker between Mark Herzlich and Dan Connor, the competition at right tackle with rookie Justin Pugh and veteran David Diehl, and the question of who will man the cornerback position in nickel coverage.
Oh, and there's also the contention between Josh Brown and David Buehler for the kicking job.
These are all key positions on both sides of the ball that the Giants are depending on a lot more this season than the backup quarterback position.
All in all, Giants fans should care about who the backup quarterback will be, but there are a number of other concerns and positional battles that fans should be monitoring -- ones that will have enormous implications on the result of New York's 2013 campaign.
Pete Schauer is a native of the Jersey Shore where he covers the New York Giants for Bleacher Report and writes for HoopsHabit and contributes to the YES Network. You can follow him on Twitter @Pete_Schauer.
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