The New York Giants’ quarterback situation has taken an unexpected turn, and it appears that the decision to stick with undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito over veteran Tyrod Taylor may have significant financial implications for the latter, potentially costing him a hefty bonus of up to $1 million this season.
The announcement came last week that the Giants would continue with DeVito as the starting quarterback in Week 14, facing the Green Bay Packers on “Monday Night Football.” This decision has raised eyebrows, especially considering Taylor’s status and the financial stakes involved. Taylor, a one-time Pro Bowler, has been sidelined since Week 8 due to a rib cage injury sustained against the New York Jets.
Taylor Disappointed Not to Regain Starting
In an unfortunate twist of fate, Taylor, who recently disclosed that he played with four broken ribs during his last appearance, expressed disappointment about not reclaiming the starting position upon his return to the team. The quarterback carousel for the Giants has been set in motion due to primary starter Daniel Jones being ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL suffered in Week 9 against the Las Vegas Raiders.
DeVito, the undrafted rookie, has been at the helm for the Giants in their last three games, contributing to victories in Weeks 11 and 12 before the team’s Week 13 bye. According to the ESPN Football Power Index, these wins have kept the Giants’ slim playoff hopes alive, with a 4-8 record and a mere 0.2% chance of securing a postseason spot.
DeVito’s Recent Play Keeps Taylor on Bench
Examining Taylor’s performance earlier in the season when filling in for the injured Jones, the veteran quarterback showcased efficiency, completing 65.5% of his passes (57-for-87) for 579 yards. Taylor threw two touchdowns with no interceptions in seven games, three of which he started. And, he contributed on the ground with 22 rushing attempts for 98 yards.
On the other hand, DeVito, in his stint as the starting quarterback, has completed 66 of his 105 pass attempts, boasting a completion rate of 62.9%. He has thrown for 697 yards, recording seven touchdowns against three interceptions. DeVito has also showcased mobility, adding 21 carries for 83 yards and one rushing touchdown.
Financial Implications Beyond the Field
As the Giants navigate the season’s final stretch, fans, analysts, and the league will closely monitor the quarterback saga. The implications of this decision extend beyond the playing field, affecting Tyrod Taylor’s financial landscape and potentially influencing future decisions regarding player contracts and team dynamics. Only time will tell whether the gamble on DeVito pays off for the Giants and if Tyrod Taylor will indeed miss out on a significant payday due to circumstances beyond his control.