by Alexander George
Second year New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (14 for 20, 140 yds & 1TD) had his best game in his entire pre-season career last Friday against the Detroit Lions. The performance was certainly more memorable than his entire 2017 pre-season (18 for 34, 190 yards in 3 games). No touchdowns were thrown by Webb last pre-season. In contrast, Webb orchestrated a seventeen play, seventy – nine yard drive in the first quarter which resulted in his first touchdown this pre-season and career in the NFL; an eight yard touchdown pass to Giants running back Wayne Gallman. This score gave Big Blue a 7 – 3 lead in which the team never looked back in a 30 – 17 victory over the Lions.
The touchdown drive Webb mastermind gave the Giants a much-needed jump-start into the 2018 season. He completed seven of ten passes thrown for sixty-five yards. In that drive, the former California college quarterback converted four, third down plays to wide receiver Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram and running back Wayne Gallman. To put the significance of the drive in perspective, Davis Webb’s yardage in this scoring drive was only ten yards less than rookie Giant quarterback Kyle Lauletta (8 for 14, 75 yards) entire 2018 pre-season games played.
Ironically enough, the drive might not even have happened if the officials did not overturn a recovered fumble created by Lions tackle Ricky Jean Francis and recovered by the other defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. Instead, it was ruled an incomplete pass due to Webb’s arm already in motion when he lost the ball.
Hence the Webb drive commences with a Sterling Shepard twenty-seven yard deep pass on the left side of the field, during third and long,for the first third down conversion. Then Webb hit Engram om a short pass route in the middle of the field in which he was able to stretch over the defender’s body for the decisive seventh yard to keep the drive going. Three plays later, while in the Lion’s red zone, Webb completed a short route on the right side to Engram again but came up one yard short on a third and seven play. The quarterback had to run a quarterback sneak for that elusive last yard. And with the touchdown pass to a slanting Gallman, from the left side of the field to the center, on a third and goal play, Webb’s chances of being the back-up quarterback to starter Eli Manning increased dramatically ten-fold over Kyle Lauletta.
With Davis Webb’s spectacular play in Detriot, where he was a perfect six for six in third down conversions and accounted for seventy percent of the Giants offense, Kyle Lauletta will have to play lights out these last two pre-season games to be able to wrestle the back – up job from Webb.