Giants QB Davis Webb may not have seen the field in his rookie season, but that hasn't killed his confidence in what he can do when he steps on it.
Webb displayed that confidence when he told Sports Illustrated Wednesday that he "can throw it better than anybody. I have a great arm."
While attending David Tyree's "Children of the City Charity Bowl" in Manhattan Wednesday night, Webb may have backed down from the "anybody" part of his arm-strength comment. But he wasn't lying about his arm either.
"Yeah, I think it got blown out (of proportion) a little bit," Webb told the Daily News' John Healy. "I said I think it's stronger than a lot of guys and it is. I ain't backing down from that one. Sorry. I have a strong arm. I wouldn't say strongest in the world but it's stronger than a lot of guys and I'm not afraid to say it."
Webb's gunslinging abilities have impressed the Giants' new brass during OTAs, and head coach Pat Shurmur has liked what he has seen from the 23-year-old. But veteran QB Eli Manning, who Webb has been apprentice to, is Shurmur's guy under center this season.
As both quarterbacks learn Shurmur's new offense, Webb says Manning has been diligent on and off the field in taking time to learn every intricacy of the system.
"Eli has been practicing great. You can tell he's been in the league a long time and is picking up the system quickly and knows how to apply it to the field," Webb said. "He's been practicing really well, especially this past week, I think he's done better than anybody. I think it's the best I've seen Eli Manning throw the football. He's our leader and he starts it and he's been doing pretty good."
Last season, Webb was constantly soaking in everything he could from Manning. He was even seen mimicking him during practice as he spectated.
Webb learned early that putting the necessary work in is crucial to retain a roster spot in the NFL. And with the Giants having four quarterbacks on the roster with fourth-rounder Kyle Lauletta and journeyman Alex Tanney added to the mix, Webb knows he has to prove in practice he is worth a shot for Big Blue.
"I think you have to every day as an NFL player," he said. "I think you have to go out there...and show that you earned the right to be an NFL player and you earn the right every single day by your work habits, your preparation and the way you perform on the field."
Webb was the Giants' third-round choice by former GM Jerry Reese in 2017. He only suited up for Week 17 as Geno Smith won the backup job behind Manning last season.