After a disastrous 9-for-22, 70-yard performance in the Giants' preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns, quarterback Davis Webb rebounded by going 14-for-20 for 140 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 30-17 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
"It was the Davis Webb I'm used to seeing," Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said, according to NJ Advance Media's Ryan Dunleavy.
Webb led a 17-play, 79-yard drive capped by an 8-yard touchdown pass to running back Wayne Gallman that gave New York a 7-3 lead in the second quarter and also led a five-play, 43-yard drive that ended with an Aldrick Rosas 55-yard field goal before the half.
"I knew I wanted to come out fast," said Webb, who has been competing with rookie Kyle Lauletta for the No. 2 quarterback job to Eli Manning. "But I knew if we didn't it would be OK, and I would have a quarter or two to get things going."
Lauletta, meanwhile, completed two of five passes for 27 yards and also had a 10-yard touchdown run in Friday's game.
"I feel like they're making progress on a daily basis, and that is a good thing," Shurmur said of his backup quarterbacks, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "None of them get all the reps but I think they're doing the best with the reps that they get. I think all three guys have made very good improvement. They've improved."
The 23-year-old Webb said he spent the offseason working on the little details to try to separate him from other quarterbacks as he looks to prove to the team and to himself that he can eventually be Manning's heir.
"I think he made improvements between last week and this week," Shurmur said, according to Dunleavy. "I think he was calmer tonight. I tell the guys, 'Stay calm,' but I wish I could do that all the time. I got wound up a couple times. So, it happens. You compete and then we help each other stay calm."