The Giants off season game of musical quarterbacks continued today as they announced that backup Curtis Painter underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss a month during his rehabilitation. To ensure they have enough healthy arms to make it through OTAs and Minicamp, former Tennessee Titans backup Rusty Smith was signed. Terms are not immediately available, but it is reasonable to assume it is a veteran minimum contract.
Painter will be challenged for the primary backup role to Eli Manning by Josh Freeman who joined the team earlier this month. Missing valuable on field time during the installation of Ben McAdoo’s offense help his efforts. Neither will his mediocre game performances with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 and Giants last season.
Smith was a sixth round draft pick by the Titans in 2010 out of Florida Atlantic University. He spent portions of the last four seasons on the Titans bench and practice squad. Starting one game in 2010, Smith completed 17 of 31 passes for 138 yard with no touchdowns and 3 interceptions against the Houston Texans. It was his only start. Smith is likely a camp arm and will not be on the opening day roster.
Ryan Nassib, last year’s fourth round draft choice remains on the roster and will likely join Manning and Freeman and the Giants quarterbacks for the 2014 season.