Giants re-sign David Carr to back up Eli Manning
The New York Giants don’t have to worry about finding a backup
for quarterback Eli Manning.
On Thursday, they announced they have re-signed David Carr, who
was a free agent. The 2002 No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft has
been Manning’s backup in four of the last five seasons.
The backup role is somewhat ceremonial for the Giants. Manning
has started 135 consecutive regular-season games, a run that
started in the second half of the 2004 season.
Carr, who played in San Francisco in 2010, has played in 11
games for the Giants. He has completed 32 of 48 passes for 359
yards and three touchdowns.
”David Carr can run, he’s fast, he’s athletic,” Giants coach
Tom Coughlin said. ”No matter who we’re going to play, he can be
the opposition’s quarterback and do it very well. He does a good
job of it. He runs the option.”
Carr’s first tour with the Giants was in 2008-09. He appeared in
nine games, completing 33 of 42 passes for 340 yards, three
touchdowns and no interceptions. After playing in one game for the
49ers, Carr came back in 2011 after Sage Rosenfels suffered a back
injury. Carr did not play in the regular season or postseason that
year, but earned a Super Bowl ring.
Carr was drafted by expansion Houston. He played five seasons
with the Texans and one with the Carolina Panthers before joining
the Giants. In his 11-year career, Carr has completed 1,353 of
2,267 passes for 14,453 yards, 65 touchdowns and 71 interceptions.
He has been sacked 267 times, including a record 76 as a rookie in
The signing leaves the Giants with three quarterbacks on the
roster. New York signed former Indianapolis Colt Curtis Painter
after last season.
Coughlin has only kept two quarterbacks on the regular-season
roster since 2008.