ALBANY -- David Carr wants the guys he huddles up with Friday night to know that he's not only trying to win himself a job with the Giants, he's trying to win one for them as well.
"I'm in my 11th year and some of those guys are in their first year and trying to just get on a roster," Carr, the Giants' backup quarterback, said Thursday. "So I'm trying to do everything I can not only for them but for their families. There are some guys, this is their livelihood, so I take it very seriously."
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That may be rare for a player of his experience to be so focused on a preseason opener like Friday night's. But for Carr, who is firmly entrenched as Eli Manning's backup, the preseason might be the only action he sees. Last year he won a Super Bowl ring without ever stepping onto the field.
"You never know if you're going to get another shot in the regular season," Carr said. "Eli has been very durable and it's a credit to him and the staff and how they protect the quarterback and the whole thing. So yeah, I look forward to getting some playing time."
He also gets to be the first veteran quarterback many young players work with. It was Carr who, four years ago, first completed deep passes to Hakeem Nicks before passing him along to Manning with his blessing, comparing him to a young Andre Johnson at the time. Before they can work with the two-time Super Bowl MVP, they usually pass through Carr's tutelage.
"The fun part of the position I'm in now, I kind of see these young guys come in, the young receivers and linemen and tight ends, and I kind of take it upon myself to teach more," Carr said. "My job is to keep the other 10 guys in my huddle with their heads about them. They're going to make plays. We have good enough athletes where they'll be able to showcase their talents. But let's just not hurt ourselves before the snap."
The Giants will play the Jaguars with replacement officials on the field. Will that give the offensive linemen a benefit with some of the crafty things they do? "If you're worried about what tricks you're going to pull on replacement officials, I don't think your mind is in the right place," G Chris Snee said . . . Manning will play only a dozen or so snaps tonight and has some modest goals. "Just moving the ball, execution and guys having a great understanding of what we're trying to do," he said. "Get some completions. Run the ball well. See if we can go down and get some points on the board."