Special Moment Comes Years Later For New York Giants QB
Davis Webb started his collegiate career at Texas Tech University for three years, playing 10 games in his freshman season and sparingly the next two. Webb transferred to Cal to be the starter for his senior year. In 2017, he was drafted by the New York Giants in the 3rd round. Then general manager Jerry Reese thought the 6-5 Texan could possibly develop into the heir to Eli Manning's quarterback throne. As we know, that didn't work out. On Sunday, Davis Webb had the job of filling in for Daniel Jones, as the Giants rested 19 of their starting 22 players, in anticipation of next week's playoff game against Minnesota.
After bouncing around a few teams from back-up to practice squads, Webb didn't get to play in an NFL game until last year for the Buffalo Bills and then-offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll. The Giants first-year head coach told nypost.com. “It’s the NFL so the guys you have on your team you have confidence in. I certainly have confidence in all of the guys we have. You’re not playing walk-ons. You’re playing people who earned the right to be on a team and compete and play.” Davis Webb was happy to take the opportunity.
On Sunday, in the fourth quarter, with the Giants trailing Philadelphia 19-3, Davis Webb ran a QB-keeper, draw play. The 27-year-old back-up needed to dash for 14-yards to get into the end-zone. Eagles safety, Reed Blackenship stood between Webb and his first NFL touchdown. Blackenship lost that battle. Davis Webb wasn't letting anyone or anything stand in the way of that special moment. “Spot on,” Webb told Ryan Dunleavy of nypost.com, “There were some predetermined decisions there: You’ve got to get in or get it close. When it was that opportunity, anticipate and execute.” Execute he did. Davis Webb gave it everything that he had.
“We took them four quarters. I wish myself, first, and the offense, second, got off to a better start, but that second half was really fun and that’s something I’ll never forget,” Webb told nypost.com after Sunday's game. Dream opportunities don't come along every day. For an NFL player that has bounced around trying to get on the field for five seasons, you don't leave any gas in the tank in the end. Davis Webb even did something Daniel Jones has never done. He threw a touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay.