New York Giants: Sage Rosenfels

Rosenfels confident about backup QB spot

September, 2, 2011
Sage Rosenfels was "shaking and sweating in his bed" prior to the Giants' first preseason game.

He said he could barely get up to the bathroom.

"I felt half good enough to play, so I felt great," Rosenfels said.


"My job is not to tell you guys how I feel," Rosenfels said. "My job is to go out there and perform whether you are feeling great or not feeling great. I knew the risk but I am a football player, and if you are 75-80 percent, you are fine."

As it turns out, Rosenfels wasn't fine. He had to stay in the hospital for a few days last month with a severe throat infection.

He ended up missing the final three preseason games. But Rosenfels isn't concerned about what the future holds.

Either Rosenfels or David Carr will be named the team's backup quarterback Saturday. The other? Well, he'll likely have to find another place to work.

"I practiced for 17 weeks last year," Rosenfels said. "I played in 46 preseason games over the course of 10 years, and I missed a couple preseason games, but with veterans you have something to go off of.

"It is not like I was injured all training camp and didn't practice. I did practice the first few weeks and played pretty well. I showed some things I can do.

"I know confidently that if Eli(Manning) got hurt I could come in and win games for us."

And even if Manning is healthy, Rosenfels can still hold. He did for kicker Lawrence Tynes last season with great success.

"I would assume so," Rosenfels replied when asked if he thought Tynes was lobbying for his return. "We went 17-for-18 last year when I was holding (for him), so we have very good rhythm and he has a huge amount of confidence in my holding abilities. I think he wholeheartedly thinks I am the best holder in the league. I take a lot of pride in it, and I take a lot of pride in the fact he had a very good season when I was holding."

Later on, Tynes was asked about Rosenfels' comments.

"Sage said that? Are you guys setting me up for something?" Tynes asked. "He's very good. For a guy that has done it in spot duty to what he did last year, he did a great job. So sure, he's the best. I agree."

Rosenfels misses third straight game

September, 2, 2011
Sage Rosenfels missed his third straight preseason game with a back injury that resulted from his bout with strep throat.

The backup quarterback said that the severe case of strep throat got into his blood stream and affected his back.

"I guess I got a bacterial infection into my back and it caused it to lock up and have all these muscle issues," Rosenfels said. "Once we got the strep out of my blood with heavy antibiotics for really 10-12 days, the back issue cleared up. I feel healthy as I did on day one of training camp."

Rosenfels said it was smart for the team to keep him out of action on Thursday after he spent two weeks in a hospital bed.

Backup David Carr got the start and he completed 13-of-21 passes for 116 yards but did have one interception. Ryan Perrilloux completed three-of-four passes for 22 yards.

Rosenfels didn’t play after the preseason opener when he completed 13-of-19 passes for 129 yards against Carolina.

The Giants will have cut their roster to 53 on Saturday and it remains to be seen whether they will keep three quarterbacks.

“All I can control is getting ready for Week 1 and I thought I was having a really good camp up to that point and got sick and I can’t control that,” said Rosenfels, who has a good rapport with Eli Manning and also holds for the kicker. “I’m healthy now.”