Moeller: Webb Squashes Fears With Strong Performance

​Like I previously said, be patient with Davis Webb.

​Last week against the Browns, Webb was an amped as a student on his first day in high school. You could see the uncertainty in his eyes and his body language.

​Before the game against the Lions, Webb still looked a little uneasy as he paced like an expecting father along the sidelines, anxiously awaiting his start.

​Once the game began, however, he was the player the Giants have been anticipating.

​He first pass was a strike across the middle to tight end Rhett Ellison, and the nerves were settled.

​On the next drive, Webb showed why he can be an heir apparent to Eli Manning.

​He beautifully orchestrated a 17-play, 79-yard drive that chewed nine minutes off the clock.

​Webb quickly recovered after being hit attempting to throw on a play that initially was ruled a fumble. It wasn’t his fault as the Giants’ line didn’t do him any early favors with some shoddy protection.

​He went on to move the team methodically down the field, hitting Sterling Shepard for 27 yards, Cory Latimer for 15, and Evan Engram for 6.

​Webb converted a fourth-and-1 with a rare Giants’ quarterback sneak.

​He completed the drive with an 8-yard flip pass to Wayne Gallman, who has developed as a favorite target.

​That drive put Webb on solid footing.

​He later rolled out of the pocket and across the field to perfectly lead Russell Shepard on a deep, 40-yard ball down the field.

​Webb finished the half completing 14 of 20 for 170 yards with a touchdown and a quarterback rating of 106.3 compared to 49.4 the previous week.

​The stout 6-5, 227-pounder took his performance in a humbling fashion, and also felt relieved.

​“I just think it was the first time in the new offense, hadn’t played in [nearly] a year,” said Webb. “Those are all excuses, but at the same time, I knew I had to play better this week.

“It was a long week for me. I was motivated to play well for my teammates. Honestly, I didn’t play great tonight. Cody Latimer made a big catch, Sterling Shepard made a big catch, Russell Shepard made a big catch, and they kind of helped me out a little bit. I’ve got a lot of things I need to improve on, but right now it looks good. Right now it looks good.”

Now, Manning will start next week against the Jets, and the Giants can feel more reassured.

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Jeff Moeller

Jeff Moeller has been covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and college football and basketball as well as high school sports on a national and local scene for the past 39 years. He has been a Jets and Giants beat reporter for the past 13 years.

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