Giants prepare for Bengal’s backups after injury to Joe Burrow
The Giants have a complicated history with backup quarterbacks.
They lost to the Atlanta Falcons in 2002 and 2003, when Doug Johnson and then Kurt Kittner, who threw 65 yards, played the most important position in football. 2007 Super Bowl champion Giants lost a game to Washington despite Todd Collins only making eight passes on his first start in 10 years. Three years later, Dallas-based Tony Romo broke his collarbone when he was attacked by linebacker Michael Boley in the Giants Cowboys’ first game. In a rematch three weeks later, Jon Kitna threw 327 yards and three touchdowns in Dallas’ 33:20 win in Jason Garrett’s first game as head coach.
The Giants were more successful against Green Bay’s Scott Tolzien, who threw 339 yards when he first started his career in 2013, and Chase Daniel, who lost 285 yards for overtime two years ago at MetLife Stadium in Chicago.
That season, Nick Mullens started Week 3 for Jimmy Garoppolo of San Francisco, throwing 343 yards and a touchdown on a 49ers win. On October 11, Andy Dalton replaced the injured Dak Prescott and led the Cowboys in the final two minutes in the Dallas 37:34 victory on two field gates. Against Washington on November 8, Alex Smith replaced another injured starter, Kyle Allen, and threw for 325 yards. But he also threw two late interceptions and the Giants held for a 23-20 win.
The Giants will be backed up again this week when they meet the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Joe Burrow, the NFL’s first draft of the year, suffered a serious knee injury three days ago in Washington at the end of the season and is about to undergo surgery. Burrow was replaced by Ryan Finley. For the Giants game, Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor joined his training team and signed Brandon Allen, who is reported to be making his fourth career start.
Coach Joe Judge wouldn’t be surprised if both Allen and Finley took on the Giants.
“We saw Brandon Allen,” said the judge today. “We saw him in Denver, we saw him in LA, we might have seen him preseason … so this guy was familiar. What you see with him is that he’s a confident player back there . He’s a very accurate passerby, he knows the system and can improve the guys around him by handing the ball around.
“Then Finley is what he really brings to the table, he’s an aggressive young quarterback, he can do the throws, but he’s athletic. He can break the bag, he can lengthen it, he doesn’t hesitate, the ball after.” pulling down and crawling and playing with his legs. Look, now we’re preparing for Allen, which apparently was announced in the press today. But we’re preparing for both Allen and Finley because we need to see at least a little A bit of both during the game. Both of them are very capable quarterbacks, both of which are a lot of challenges. We really need to make sure we work hard for both guys this week. “