Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bomar For Now

Tom Coughlin said the Giants have been looking at potential backup quarterbacks since Jim Sorgi went down with a shoulder capsule injury that will most likely require surgery. But the decision on bringing in somebody from the outside hasn't been made yet, and may not be finalized either way until after Thursday's preseason finale.

"Well, it depends on what the availability and what the cost is," Coughlin said. "I’m not saying we’re doing that, but our people are not caught by surprise by this. Our guys have been working on this for a couple of weeks.

"I just think that we’re investigating all of our options, whatever those options are. If it comes that the decision is made after the game, fine. If it comes that the decision is made before that, fine, but all of the options are open, of course. Depending on if (Bomar) goes in there and plays well on Thursday night, we’ll certainly have good evidence to think that he can do it."

Whatever the future holds, Bomar is going to get plenty of playing time Thursday. He won't get the whole game, as he did against Pittsburgh, since Eli Manning will take the first couple of series. But he'll likely play into the fourth quarter.

Bomar hasn't had a bad preseason, actually. He's 29-of-53 for 374 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. And he's also scrambled six times for 43 yard, which gives the Giants a nice run dimension should Manning go down.

But even the second-year player knows he has much to learn. So it's a matter of taking advantage of every bit of playing time the Giants throw his way.

"I'm way more comfortable since camp started," Bomar said. "I just gotta work on some things, cut down on a few mistakes. Nothing specific. Just work on things and be perfect."

He seems to have lost little sleep over the possibilities of being replaced by an outsider before the Sept. 12 opener.

"It's not scary," Bomar said. "I've said it a million times, I can only control what I can control. My job on Thursday is to go out there and play to the best of my ability. Help the team whenever I get my opportunity."


TE Travis Beckum had come back for a practice Monday, but was out again yesterday with a sore neck. He'll undergo further tests. But T Kareem McKenzie, who sat out yesterday with migraines, received some medication and was out there for the whole practice today.

The same couldn't be said for DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who spent the latter part of the pass rush drills taking a knee with director of medical services Ronnie Barnes with a heat-related issue. After resting and drinking some Gatorade, he rejoined his linemates for some handwork drills.



  1. Harrington, Garcia and all the other scrubs out there can't help, if Eli (and probably with him too) goes down the Giants are screwed. I would rather Bomar stay the only backup, a youngin signed to the practice squad and that's it. Perhps if Carr gets cut I would be in favor of signing him but thts it.

  2. I agree. There's nothing wrong with Bomar (who comes cheap) as backup. If he ends up having to play significant time, the Giants aren't going anywhere anyway. There are plenty of other areas of concern for this squad right now, like the health of the O-line and a stark absence of any kind of return game. Coughlin kept his STs coach after receiving a mandate from ownership that things had to change after last season. I'm a Couhlin guy but he's on the hook for not bringing someone else in to resurrect what has been an absolutely moribund return game if things continue as they've been on special teams.

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