Curtis Painter of Jets folklore joins the Giants
Curtis Painter made a name for himself in 2009, when he made his NFL debut against the Jets in a game in which Peyton Manning rested. Painter played poorly, the Jets won and made it to the playoffs, and eventually the Colts beat the Jets in the AFC Championship Game with Painter planted firmly on the sideline.
He also started seven games for the Colts last year after both Manning and Kerry Collins were sidelined with injuries, but around here he’s more often remembered for his role in getting the Jets into the 2009 playoffs.
That’s about to change. Perhaps. The Giants have signed Painter to a reserve/future contract and he’ll be competing for the job of backing up another Manning, this time Eli. It’s the second time in recent years that the Giants have plucked a former Peyton understudy to work with Eli. In 2010 they brought in Jim Sorgi, a more refined backup, but he was injured in training camp and never made it to the regular season for the Giants. Now they add Painter, who will likely go against David Carr (if he returns since he will be a free agent) and anyone else the Giants bring into camp to vie for the honor hovering over Eli’s shoulder with a baseball cap on during gamedays as he looks at pictures with Kevin Gilbride and trying to rustle the second- and third-stringers into football shape in preseason games.
Anyway, back to Painter. He was signed by the Ravens last offseason but he did not make the squad and was released in early August. He was not in football in 2012 but he’ll have a job for at least part of 2013 with the Giants.
Painter is one of 13 players the Giants signed to reserve/future contracts, and by far the most recognizable name to fans, although a few others will light a memory if you’ve been paying attention. The Giants signed six players from their practice squad: Tackles Matt McCants, the Giants’ sixth-round draft choice last year, and Levy Adcock; guard Stephen Goodwin; tight end Larry Donnell; defensive end Matt Broha; and cornerback Laron Scott.
They also brought back LB Jake Muasau, who made an impression in rookie minicamp but had an injury in the preseason that cost him a better shot at a roster spot; wide receiver Brandon Collins, who was in camp with the Giants and did two short stints on their practice squad early in the season; cornerback Trumaine McBride, a 2007 seventh-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears who has played in 48 NFL games, most recently with the 2011 Jacksonville Jaguars; wide receiver Kevin Hardy, who was in the New Orleans Saints’ training camp last summer; guard Michael Jasper, a 2007 seventh-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills who spent most of that season on their practice squad and was in camp with Tennessee last year; and defensive tackle Bobby Skinner from nearby Montclair State, who was briefly in the camps of the Giants and Detroit Lions last summer.