If not for the fan uproar surrounding Eli Manning's benching last season -- leading to his return as the starter -- it seems the Giants were about to give Davis Webb a three-game look as the starter.
Webb said Tuesday during an appearance on WFAN on Carlin, Maggie, and Bart that then-head coach Ben McAdoo had informed him that the plan was for Webb to start the final three games of the season in place of Manning.
Instead, Geno Smith started one game with Manning as the backup. That situation went down after Manning had been brought to tears earlier in the week -- a scene that led most of the Giants fanbase to lose their collective minds.
Soon after, the Giants fired McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, and restored Manning to his starting role for the final three weeks.
At the time, with many feeling that the Giants would soon move on from Manning, it seemed odd. But new GM Dave Gettleman instead decided to push his chips in the middle as far as Manning is considered, keeping him as the starter and passing on all of the top quarterbacks at No. 2 in the Draft while selecting RB Saquon Barkley.
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Webb -- the Giants' third-round pick (87th overall) in the 2017 Draft -- remained on the sidelines through the end of last season and has yet to take a snap in a regular season NFL game.
He will enter this season as the backup to Manning, with recently-drafted Kyle Lauletta expected to be the third-stringer.