Giants set for Game 2 with Taylor taking on first-team reps
The Giants play their second of three preseason games scheduled for this Sunday when they host defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium at 7 p.m.
There was instant backlash and speculation when Giants chief Brian Daboll acknowledged that quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is second on the Giants depth chart behind incumbent starter Daniel Jones, might get reps with the first offensive team in practice this week.
“Yeah, as we start here in terms of preseason games, we’ll talk about what we think is best,” Daboll said Tuesday via the Giants’ website. “But I have full confidence in [quarterback] Daniel [Jones] and full confidence in Tyrod and what his role is. Every day we sit there and rate the guys. But will he get a few repeats here or there? He could.”
The first-year head coach was asked if Taylor playing with the starters is an indication of Jones’ precarious status, given that the team has not offered the 25-year-old QB a long-term contract and n did not exercise the fifth year. option of his contract.
“Absolutely not,” replied Daboll. “No. I learned from a very good coach some time ago that he usually doesn’t tell these guys when he starts them because that’s the role of the substitute.
“You have to get in in a split second. You prepare as if you were a beginner. But on the fourth game of a game, something happens, you’re in, you have to be ready to go. So I don’t necessarily think we’ll tell those guys when that happens. Taylor led the Giants with 129 passing yards and a touchdown in their 23-21 preseason opener on the road against the New England Patriots last Thursday.
The Giants signed Taylor, 33, in March and he has shown the ability to command their offense. He played for six NFL teams during his career after being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round from Virginia Tech in 2011. He has 63 career starts, including all six games he has played on the season last for the Houston Texans. So Taylor is familiar with being a first-string QB.
The defense, led by new coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, may also have a new caller. Third-year safety Xavier Mckinney called plays in practice and could stay in that role through the regular season. It’s rare for a safety to be the defensive player’s primary caller, but when Martindale led the Ravens’ defense, he handed the responsibility to two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler Eric Weddle.
Mckinney has experience calling games in college under current Alabama head coach Nick Saban, widely considered one of the best defensive coaches in football history.