QB Jacob Eason signs with injury-ravaged Giants

League: NFL

Posted on: 07 Nov, 2023 at 08:09 PM

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The New York Giants, short-handed at quarterback, signed Jacob Eason on Tuesday.

Starter Daniel Jones is lost for the season with a torn right ACL, suffered in Sunday's loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Veteran backup Tyrod Taylor is on injured reserve with a rib injury, leaving just undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito and veteran Matt Barkley in the Giants quarterback room.

Eason, 25, doesn't have the experience of Barkley, 33, who has appeared in 19 games (seven starts) since the Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Eason was a fourth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2020 but has bounced around, also spending time with the Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

He has appeared in relief in two games -- one with the Colts in 2021, the other with the Panthers in 2022 -- and completed five of 10 passes for 84 yards. He has been intercepted twice and has no touchdown passes.

The Giants (2-7) play at Dallas on Sunday.

Head coach Brian Daboll has yet to name a starter nor has he committed to DeVito. In his Monday news conference, he said he and general manager Joe Schoen needed to talk things through.

"I think Tommy did a good job, but again I'm not going to give you one thing and it's a different thing," Daboll said. "I have confidence in Tommy. He's done a good job. But I'll sit down and talk with Joe and figure out what's next."

DeVito replaced Jones at quarterback against the Raiders but threw two interceptions in his first three pass attempts before finishing with 174 yards passing and a touchdown.

--Field Level Media