After being sidelined against the Jets with a rib injury in Week 8, the Giants activated quarterback Tyrod Taylor off the IR and returned to practice Monday. The veteran quarterback had appeared in six games, starting three for Big Blue while Daniel Jones was dealing with a neck issue.
The Giants went 1-2 in games started by Taylor this year — the lone win coming in Week 7 against the Washington Commanders where he threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Now, the Giants and head coach Brian Daboll have a decision to make for their Week 13 clash against the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.
Undrafted rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito has led the G-Men to two straight victories yet is averaging 175.5 passing yards in his four starts this year. Taylor on the other hand is averaging 239.5 passing yards in the two games he started and finished.
The Giants have the smallest sliver of hope for a playoff spot as they currently sit two games behind the final NFC Wild Card berth with five games to play. This is a crucial decision that will impact both this season and the franchise’s future.
New York is at a crossroads where if they win out, there is a good chance they squeak into the last playoff spot and have a remarkable turnaround from the 2-8 team that got pummeled by the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10. If they were to lose out, they would be in a position for a top-five draft pick.
This fork in the road for the Giants will impact who starts under center against a Green Bay team coming off an impressive win on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. The veteran Taylor has put up more impressive numbers than DeVito, yet the locker room has shown an affinity for the young third-stringer and the “Jersey Juice” that has revived a Giants season thought to be on life support.
It will certainly be worth keeping an eye on who takes the majority of first-team reps and who ultimately starts under center for the Giants under the lights on Metlife Monday night.