Sometimes a player does all he can to make the team but there is no place to put him. This is what happened to Davis Webb this summer, as he was among the Giants cuts on Tuesday as the team continued the process of trimming the roster to get down to the 53-player limit.
Webb showed more command of the newly installed Brian Daboll offense than either Daniel Jones or Tyrod Taylor, but Jones and Taylor are ahead of him on the depth chart and, given the needs elsewhere, keeping three quarterbacks on the roster is not a move the Giants want to make. And so, Webb was released.
This is not the first time Webb was let go by the Giants. He was a 2017 third-round draft pick and spent his rookie year on the practice squad. He did not make the team in 2018, cut in favor of Kyle Lauletta, a draft pick of the new front office regime.
Webb spent one year on the Jets’ practice squad and the past three seasons with the Bills on their practice squad. Those three years gave him a full indoctrination into Daboll’s offensive system; Daboll was the offensive coordinator in Buffalo. That familiarity showed, as Webb completed 60 of 81 passes for 458 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in his three preseason games.
“This was the best preseason I’ve had,” Webb said after completing 30 passes in the preseason finale against the Jets. “I think that was a credit to the offensive line, the coaches, [offensive coordinator Mike] Kafka did a great job calling plays. It was a lot of fun this preseason. Hopefully it works out.”
It did not work out. Jones is the starter and Taylor is on the scene to serve as the experienced backup. Taylor was forced out of Sunday’s game with a back injury but Daboll said Taylor should be fine.
Webb, 27, has made no secret of his desire to go into coaching but he wanted to extinguish his opportunities as a player before moving on. Perhaps Webb returns to the roster once all the maneuvering shakes out the next two days. The Giants are expected to be active on the waiver wire once players from around the league become available. Perhaps he is claimed by another team. More likely, he returns to the Giants on the practice squad. He is considered to be a valuable resource for Jones and has always been a team-first player willing to share what he knows with others.
Wide receiver Alex Bachman, who led the NFL this preseason with 19 receptions, was also cut. Among the other cuts to get the Giants get down to the 53-player limit: running back Jashaun Corbin; wide receivers C.J. Board and Jaylon Moore; tight end Austin Allen; offensive linemen Garrett McGhin and Roy Mbaeteka; defensive linemen David Moa and Ryan Anderson; linebacker Quincy Roche; cornerbacks Khalil Dorsey, Darren Evans, Zyon Gilbert and Harrison Hand; safety Trenton Thompson; guard Jamil Douglas; tackle Will Holden; defensive end Jalyn Holmes
On Monday, the team waived wide receivers Keelan Doss and Travis Toivonen, guard Josh Rivas, defensive backs Olaijah Griffin and Yusuf Corker, and kicker Ryan Santoso and terminated the contract of veteran offensive lineman Eric Smith.