- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said there is a “legitimate competition” for the No. 2 quarterback spot, he essentially dislodged David Carr from what is perceived as a dream job -- that of being a backup quarterback in the NFL.
“You’re evaluated every day,” Carr said. “I’ve been evaluated for the last 12 years so it’s not any different.”
Instead Carr will be considered for the job, along with offseason acquisition Curtis Painter and rookie Ryan Nassib. And in the likely event that the Giants go with three quarterbacks this season, either Carr or Painter will likely be cut. For Painter, it means he has a legitimate shot at making the roster.
“I think that’s everyone’s goal in the beginning -- you want to come and compete with the guys around you,” Painter said. “For me I just take it in stride and work to get better. It doesn’t feel like too much of a competition in our room, we work well together.”
This isn’t Painter's first rodeo, or even his first Manning. Painter has also played with the Colts, where he worked with Peyton Manning.
“I had the opportunity to learn behind Peyton, which was a good opportunity for me when I was young," Painter said. “And got a little experience there at the end.”
"He’s got great poise, he’s smart," head coach Tom Coughlin said of Painter. "He’s done a good job of understanding what we want. In a limited number of snaps he’s been relatively productive."
The Giants' next preseason game is Sunday against the Colts. Both Painter and Carr said they haven’t been told how much playing time they will get, or where in the rotation they will fit in. But now those reps will be under a microscope.
“They’re very important,” Painter said.
The Purdue product said the Manning brothers have a lot more in common when it comes to the way they approach practice and meetings.
“They’re both very active and both get involved in the offense, and good teammates,” said Painter, 28. “They’re both very friendly.”
Carr, 34, said it was hard to look at any competition for a backup spot and let it affect preparation and performance.
“When you get out on the field you’re doing what you’ve been taught and you’re leaning on experience. You start thinking about the outside stuff and people who are making decisions and all that stuff, that’s literally out of your hands. You’re taking attention away from what you should be focusing on which is playing the game.”
Ultimately, it is a competition for a job that, if things go well for the Giants, will never lead to regular season playing time. As for whether or not that’s a dream job?
“There’s one guy,” said Carr, who has backed up Eli Manning for two seasons. “It’s not like when you’re in baseball and you’ve got five pitchers and if a guy has a bad day he comes out of the game in the third inning. You just don’t do that in the NFL -- especially when you have Eli, franchise quarterback. It just doesn’t happen. You’re there and you’re an insurance policy.”