For some reason, the Giants aren’t getting as much attention for signing a backup quarterback as other teams have this week. Oh well.
David Carr, who had agreed to terms with the Giants already, swung by the Timex Performance Center today for a physical and to ink his one-year deal to be Eli Manning’s backup. It’s a thankless job since Manning plays just about all the time – he’s never missed a game as a starter and in three years with the Giants Carr has appeared in only nine games with no starts and did not even get on the field once in 2011 – but Carr seems to enjoy the work. And his teammates.
“You play ball in high school, you play ball in college, and there’s really not a better locker room that I’ve been in, and that’s including those times,” Carr said. “It’s a great environment. Guys keep you humble. They keep it loose. No one takes themselves too seriously, and with all the egos and all the good football players, you’d think that would be a problem. But there’s really not that issue in this locker room. That’s why I like to be a part of it. It makes it very easy to come back.”
He also likes the offense, even though he rarely gets to play in it on Sundays.
“It’s just natural for me,” Carr said. “I feel really comfortable in it. I’ve run this for the majority of my career, partly with Chris Palmer who was here before, and now with (Kevin Gilbride and Manning) for my fourth year. So it’s very familiar to me. I feel really comfortable here. I know that if given the opportunity and put in the position to play on this team, I would do well. That’s also a comforting feeling knowing that if you get into the game, you’re in there, first of all, with the world champions, so how can you go wrong? And secondly, to know that you’re going to go out there and succeed is also a positive.”
Carr's contributions may not show up in boxscores or stat sheets, but he does do an excellent job of running the scout team in practices all week, he provides Manning with an extra set of eyeballs from the sideline, and he's well-liked in the locker room. The players also have high confidence that if Manning were to come out of a game -- or, gasp, games -- Carr would be able to step in and play at a high level.