Geno Smith has a Giant event to reconstruct his NFL career

Eli Manning never gets hurt.

He has done an NFL-leading 199 uninterrupted unchanging deteriorate starts. That would be each start during quarterback for a Giants given Manning, 36, took over and started in Week 11 of his rookie 2004 deteriorate opposite Atlanta.

It is a conspicuous run.

The Giants haven’t indispensable a backup quarterback to step up, start and win games given Manning took over. Fourth-round 2013 collect Ryan Nassib, authorised to travel in giveaway group this open after injuring his elbow, usually seemed in 5 games opposite 4 seasons and never even done a singular start.

McAdoo observant Smith can reinstate Manning is frightful for Giants fans

It would be unwise, however, to assume that Manning’s past continuance guarantees 16 starts per deteriorate a rest of his career, even if he’s operative tough to stay fit and make it happen.

Geno Smith done a disaster of his event with a Jets.

Geno Smith done a disaster of his event with a Jets.

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At some point, in other words, contingency are that Manning will skip a start.

And if it happens this entrance 2017 season, maybe we haven’t suspicion this distant ahead, though that really good could bearing Geno Smith underneath core for Big Blue.

Now we know what many Giants fans are meditative when they hear that hypothetical: worst-case scenario. But here’s what we can’t forget: Smith, whatever we consider of him, is a former NFL starter who would be personification this entrance deteriorate to save his career.

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It is not only a agreement year though a career-defining deteriorate arriving for Smith, whose batch had depressed so low that a Giants were means to tie $800,000 of his intensity $2 million sum gain into personification time.

Sellout throng watches as Derek Jeter and his No. 2 join Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and a rest of a Yankee greats in Monument Park.

At a slightest Smith needs to remonstrate a Giants (and other teams) that he is a good teammate and a sappy immature man. He would wish to uncover his decision-making as a quarterback has softened — in training stay and a preseason, and even in a unchanging deteriorate if given a opportunity.

Smith’s categorical foe for a No. 2 job, Josh Johnson, is an easy man to base for though is also a practical career backup who hasn’t even seemed in a unchanging deteriorate diversion given 2013. Johnson gained his coaches’ trust in use final deteriorate and finished a year as Manning’s No. 2 when Nassib was hurt.

But Geno has a arm and a inducement and, if he proves himself this offseason, could be one of a many intriguing storylines if he hits a margin come a fall.

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The easy thing for Giants fans to do this summer and tumble would be to reason Smith’s New York past opposite him. To green on him during a initial pointer of a letdown, to disapprove a initial interception, to doubt in his ability to mature as a actor and chairman given his time as a Jet.

Eli Manning can't stay healthy perpetually ... can he?

Eli Manning can’t stay healthy perpetually … can he?

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And in fairness, it was formidable to have any other greeting than doubt when a Giants sealed Smith, 26, in Mar to contest with Johnson, 31, for a backup QB job.

But now that a Giants have drafted Cal QB Davis Webb — who total to redshirt during slightest one deteriorate as a third-stringer before stepping adult as Manning’s No. 2 — there is a transparent one-year window that fits ideally with Smith’s low-cost, one-year, prove-it contract.

And what all Giants fans should be rooting for in 2017, regardless of their preconceptions about Smith, is for a immature West Virginia product to surpass given this uninformed opportunity.

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The ideal scenario, of course, is that Manning stays healthy and no other quarterback plays. But if Ben McAdoo needs a No. 2, Smith provides an intriguing if indeterminate option. And he has all a inducement in a universe to get it right this time.

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