Webb, a 2017 third-round pick, was considered to be the backup to Eli Manning going into training camp. He was ahead of Kyle Lauletta (a 2018 fourth-round pick) and journeyman Alex Tanney. The Giants attempted to shop Webb Saturday after teams trimmed their rosters to the league-mandated 53 players.
The Oakland Raiders were the only team the Giants were in any serious talks with for Webb’s services. After Oakland traded a sixth-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for A.J. McCarron it became a moot point.
Webb, who has never played in a regular season game, was selected by the Giants old regime under general manager Jerry Reese. Current GM Dave Gettleman neglected to select a quarterback with the second overall pick in this past April’s draft but is impressed enough by what he sees from Lauletta to make him the team’s quarterback project.
The Giants also claimed a league-high six players off waivers: wide receiver Kaelin Clay (Bills), defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Raiders), defensive back Antonio Hamilton (Raiders), defensive back Michael Jordan (Cleveland Browns), defensive back Kamrin Moore (New Orleans Saints), and center Spencer Pulley (Los Angeles Chargers).
To make room for the players they claimed off waivers, the Giants released offensive tackle John Jerry and safety William Gay. In addition to Webb, the team also waived tight end Jerell Adams, defensive tackle Josh Banks, and wide receiver Hunter Sharp.
Jerry started 56 of his 64 career games with the Giants. His contract was adjusted last season and he was expected to play a back-up role. Gay signed in the offseason after spending the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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