The New York Giants enter the 2023 NFL season with an established starting quarterback in Daniel Jones. Jones was given a new contract with $81 million in guaranteed money, locking him in as a starter for years to come.
We dive into the Giants’ quarterback depth chart and projecting who will back up Jones in 2023.
New York Giants QB Depth Chart
The Giants entered the 2022 season unsure of what the future would bring at the quarterback position. First-year head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen admitted they had no reason to invest in Jones until they worked with him. Daboll later said he used “mind games” with Jones by giving backup Tyrod Taylor first-team reps last offseason.
It turns out, the Giants may have not needed to be skeptical. Jones wasn’t a star in 2022, but he overcame adversity to produce a season that led to a crescendo in performance last season. In total, Jones completed 67.2% of passes for 3,205 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 16 games. He added 708 yards and seven scores on the ground.
Jones cut down on his turnovers while improving his consistency with positive throws. That was all the growth the franchise needed to see in their first season with their new regime in place.
Taylor, who was coached by Daboll previously in Buffalo, played in three games, and Davis Webb played in one.
Taylor threw only eight passes, completing six for 58 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Webb retired to accept the quarterback’s coach job for Sean Payton’s Denver Broncos.
The Giants added quarterback Tommy DeVito as an undrafted free agent after the 2023 NFL Draft.
Will Tyrod Taylor or Tommy DeVito Back up Jones?
Taylor is in the final year of a two-year contract worth $11 million. He has a $6.9 million cap hit in 2023, but the team would save only $2.775 million if they cut him. He turns 34 years old this August and is entering his 13th season in the NFL.
Taylor has played sparingly for most of the last five seasons. He threw 150 passes across six starts in 2021 but hasn’t thrown more than 85 passes since he was starting for the Buffalo Bills in 2017. Still a dual threat as a runner and passer, Taylor brings a high floor as one of the NFL’s best backups.
DeVito, from Northern New Jersey, has that unique confidence that is often associated with people from that part of the country.
His head coach at Illinois, Bret Bielema, said, “Tommy does not lack confidence, for sure. He’s Jersey through and through.” DeVito played four years at Syracuse before playing the 2022 season at Illinois.
The 24-year-old isn’t a rushing threat but plays with gusto. His two best seasons in college highlighted his good decision-making and accuracy. In 2022, DeVito set career-highs by completing 69.6% of his passes for 2,650 yards while throwing for 15 TDs and only four INTs.
It’s hard to imagine DeVito beats out Taylor for the No. 2 QB job in 2023. Taylor is a better runner and a proven game manager. DeVito is smart but has a mediocre arm and has to adjust to the NFL. He projects as a potential long-term backup if he can overcome his lack of high-end physical traits.