Giants coach Ben McAdoo can see Geno Smith being Eli Manning’s successor

The New York Giants added one former Jets player early in the offseason, signing Brandon Marshall to a two-year contract. A few weeks later, they signed one of Marshall’s former teammates, Geno Smith.

With Ryan Nassib hitting free agency and failing to emerge as Eli Manning’s successor, the Giants felt it was necessary to find a new backup quarterback – and maybe Manning’s eventual replacement.

“I can’t see why not,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo said of Smith taking Manning’s spot in the future.

So the guy who couldn’t beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to take the place of a future Hall of Famer when Manning eventually calls it quits? That’s seriously what McAdoo wants us to believe?

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Smith has shown very little when it comes to having the ability to be a consistent starter in the NFL. If he was good enough to be a starter for a team, the Jets would have made him that the past few years.

In 33 career games, Smith has just 28 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions – not exactly a ratio you want to see from your starter. That won’t stop McAdoo from talking up his new quarterback, though.

“I find it every exciting,” McAdoo said. “A guy that has his skillset is hard to find. You can’t find guys out there that have that type of arm talent, the quick release, the throwing motion and the feet to go with it. And he’s a competitor. It’s exciting to be able to bring a guy in and work with a guy like that and see where you can take him.”

We’re probably a long way from the Giants actually deciding whether Smith can be Manning’s heir, but there’s a clear need for New York to draft a quarterback. Just as the Cowboys did with Dak Prescott, the Giants need to address the concern surrounding Manning’s shortening shelf life in the NFL.