The Giants released some quotes from Jim Sorgi, who they said will now compete with second-year quarterback Rhett Bomar to be Eli Manning's backup. I think we all know how that competition should turn out, so let's assume Sorgi does what he's supposed to and wins the job.
That will make him a backup to his second Manning brother, having served as Peyton's caddy since the Colts made him their sixth-round pick in 2004.
"Both are elite players," said Sorgi. "I had a great time working with Peyton, and I learned a lot, obviously. The experience was invaluable as far as my development as a professional.
"I hate to see my time in Indianapolis come to an end, but I am as excited about working with Eli as I am sad about leaving Peyton, and I look forward to working with Eli and helping him any way I can. I have been fortunate to work with Peyton, who has one of the greatest minds in the game."
Tom Coughlin characterized Sorgi as sharp in the meeting room, an obvious function of working with arguably the greatest quarterback in the game today.
"Jim demonstrated in the meeting room with our coaches that he is very sharp and a very good student of the game, which you would expect after spending six years backing up Peyton," Coughlin said. "He is used to spending the amount of time that is necessary in preparation. He was involved in the study and preparation and everything that Peyton does, so he will be outstanding in the meeting room with Eli."
It's not like the Giants are counting on him to play extensively. At least, they'd better not. His career-high in games came in 2005, when he appeared in five contests and posted career-best totals with 42 completions on 61 attempts for 444 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for a 99.4 rating. Sorgi's career long completion is a 71-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne as a rookie in 2004.
He's played in a total of 16 games in six years.
Still, he should be sufficient to sit behind one of the most indestructable quarterbacks in the league.
Meanwhile, he'll work on keeping strong the tendinitis-afflicted shoulder that raised serious enough questions for the Giants to hold up the deal after a successful workout yesterday.
"I thought my workout was excellent and my shoulder felt great," said Sorgi. "I just need to continue to work on maintenance with it, but I want to be a player the Giants can count on to get the job done if need be. I am excited to be here."
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