Giants QB Davis Webb's training camp in his sophomore season is more of the same. Veteran Eli Manning is entrenched as the team's starter, which means Webb continues to learn from the two-time Super Bowl champ.
But he doesn't mind. Webb wants to soak in as much as possible from his mentor.
"Eli? He's the best I've ever seen throw it," Webb said after Giants practice on Monday. "I mean, he has total command of the offense -- attention wise, route wise, teaching everybody on the fly on the field and off the field. He's ready to rock and roll. We'll all try to keep up. He sets the tone, and I know he's going to play his best."
The one main difference between his rookie camp and this year is the backup role behind Manning is basically his to lose. Fourth-rounder Kyle Lauletta and journeyman Alex Tanney are on the depth chart, but many expect Webb to win the job behind his Manning.
Webb has been studying the Giants' new offense intently, and though he didn't see any game action last season, his confidence level in training camp is certainly higher than last year.
"Yeah. I think you try to do the best you can to prepare, and when that time comes, hopefully you're ready," Webb said when asked how his rookie season helped him prep for this year. "I got to see the worst of the worst last year. I got a first-hand experience in that one, even though I wasn't totally in the fire, I was a fly on the wall per se. I was in the meeting rooms, I saw how our team kind of got hurt, and things didn't go our way. But now, this is great. We're moving on, and we're ready to rock and roll."
Webb and Manning have been working together to learn Pat Shurmur's new scheme. In doing so, their relationship has benefited.
"We're all learning at the same pace," Webb said of the new offense. "Obviously, [Manning] he's picked up quicker and he's able to kind of go another step further tahn all of us because he's Eli Manning. At the same time, we're kind of able to have communication and say, hey -- this is what we talked about in OTAs. How are we going to change it in training camp, and to the season? It's been fun to kind of be on the same page. Our relationship had definitely gotten stronger."
Webb will certainly get good chances to prove his study sessions with Manning can be executed on the field. There is obvious competition in the quarterbacks room for the job behind the 37-year-old, and though Webb is the favorite, he doesn't want to see his fellow gunslingers to fail.
"I think we all want to be successful," Webb said. "So, we're all trying to help each other out so we can all have a successful practice. We're all trying to be good teammates. Anything worth doing is worth doing right."